The Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize is one of Australia’s most lucrative prizes for an original short story. Managed by Australian Book Review, the prize is now worth a total of AUD$12,500 (US$9000), up from $8000 in 2015.
The winner of the 2016 Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize will receive $7000, and there are runners-up prizes of $2000 and $1000. In addition, three entries will receive judge’s commendation prizes of $850 each.
Entries are welcome from writers anywhere in the world and there are no age restrictions.
Entries must be a single-authored short story of between 2000 and 5000 words, written in English. Stories must not have been previously published or be on offer to other prizes or publications for the duration of the prize. Multiple entries are permitted and stories entered but not shortlisted in past Jolley Prizes may be re-entered.
The three shortlisted stories will be published in September Fiction Issue of Australian Book Review and the winner will be announced at a special event at Melbourne Writers Festival.
The prize will be judged by Australian Book Review Deputy Editor Amy Baillieu and writers Maxine Beneba Clarke and David Whish-Wilson. Paddy O’Reilly. An entry fee of $20 (or $15 for ABR subscribers) is payable.
The 2015 Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize was won by English writer Rob Magnuson Smith for his story ‘The Elector of Nossnearly’. That year the prize attracted over 1200 entries from over thirty-one different countries,
Entries close on 11 April 2016. The deadline for the 2016 prize has been extended to 18 April 2016.For full entry details visit the Australian Book Review website.