This annual competition encourages excellent and original short fiction by new writers of up to 3000 words in length. At a grand first prize of $6000, it is a coveted annual fiction award for new writers in Australia. There are also two runner-up prizes of $1000. All three winners will be published in Overland’s final print issue of 2015.
For the purposes of this competition, ‘new or emerging’ describes a writer who has no more than one book (with commercial distribution) published.
This year, the competition will be judged by writer Nam Le, writer and academic Natalie Kon-yu and Overland‘s Jacinda Woodhead.
Competition closes 11.59 pm, Monday 31 August 2015.
Enter the 2015 VU Prize for New and Emerging Writers as a:
New subscriber – $56
(Includes $12 entry fee and $44 subscription)
Writers can subscribe to Overland for one year (four issues) at a discounted rate, and enter the competition at the special subscriber rate. Take out a new subscription and enter the Overland VU Short Story Prize.
Current subscriber – $12
Current Overland subscribers enter the competition at the special subscriber rate of $12. Current subscribers enter the competition here.
Non-subscriber – $20
Entry to the competition for non-subscribers is $20. Non-subscribers enter the competition here.
Victoria University student – free
For students of Victoria University (in Melbourne, Australia), entry to the competition is free. Victoria University students enter the competition here.