The 2021 RAAF Heritage Awards literature competition will seek entries that focus on lesser-known aspects of the Air Force’s history.
In particular, organisers are hoping applicants can tell stories on “Cold War activities and Southeast Asia Treaty Organization involvement, United Nations commitments, and post-war transitions as a period of force regeneration and force rebalance”.
The competition is designed to enhance records and foster interest in the history of the RAAF, with a $25,000 prize for first place, $15,000 for second and $10,000 for third.
Historian Martin James said that since the awards’ inception, the Air Force has published historical works of national significance that acknowledge veterans’ achievements.
James said, “Air Force has a responsibility to its members, past and present, as well as future generations, to ensure we capture significant events of Air Force history and personal endeavour.”
The winner of the last RAAF Heritage Awards hosted in 2018 was former Flight Lieutenant Bob Grandin, who published the winning piece in 2019, Answering the Call: Life of a Helicopter Pilot in Vietnam.
Submissions are to be received no later than midnight 30 June 2021, with winning manuscripts published over the following two years.
Further details including full conditions of entry can be obtained from [email protected].