Dr Bob Grandin signs a copy of his book, "Answering the Call".
The RAAF Heritage Awards is a literature competition designed to enhance the records of the Air Force and foster interest in its history and heritage.
 
In a break from previous years, the 2021 round will seek entries that highlight areas of the Air Force’s history, which have not been thoroughly covered in the past.
 
The focus will be 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. 
 
Air Force Historian, Mr Martin James said that since the Awards’ inception, the Air Force has published historical works of national significance, acknowledging the service and achievements of our veterans.
 
“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,” Mr James said.
 
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.
 
In 2021, the three prize categories include an award of $25,000 for first place, $15,000 for second place and $10,000 for third place.
 
Submissions are to be received no later than midnight 30 June 2021, with winning manuscripts published over the following two years.
 
Further details can be obtained from airforce.history [at] defence.gov.au.
 
Terms and Conditions can be found here.