VU Short Story Prize now open!

vicuniThe Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize for New and Emerging Writers is now open. Entry is $12 for subscribers and $20 for non-subscribers.

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.

Please read the entry guidelines to confirm eligibility. You may also be interested to read the 2014 winners.

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.


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