Published 17 March 201618 November 2022 · Prizes / Announcement Announcing the winners of the Neilma Sidney Prize Editorial team Overland magazine and the Malcolm Robertson Foundation are very pleased to announce that Lauren Foley’s story ‘K-K-K’ is the winner of the inaugural Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize. Runner-up places have been awarded to Toby Sime’s ‘Civilisation at last’ and AS’s ‘On the road to Kuang Si Falls’. The three judges – Alice Pung, Ellen van Neerven and Stephanie Convery – note that the entries that lingered in the first year of the competition ‘were those that had a creative take on the notion of “travel”, or reoriented our perspectives in an unexpected way’. The judges write that the winner, Lauren Foley’s ‘K-K-K’, ‘effortlessly weave[s] humour into what is essentially a story about displacement and different forms of violence’, while ‘Civilisation at last’ is ‘a standout example of the “young traveller” genre’, and ‘On the Road to Kuang Si Falls’ the entry with ‘the most original take on the theme’. The full judges’ report will be available in the Overland #222, out just after the Easter break. First place ‘K-K-K’ A story about states of placenessness. #ForSyria Lauren Foley is Irish, and newly Australian. Her short story, ‘Squiggly Arse Crack’, appeared in the 2014 Margaret River Press Anthology. She was shortlisted for the Overland Story Wine Prize, and Over the Edge New Writer of the Year Award, 2015. She has been awarded a 2016 Varuna Residential Writer’s Fellowship. laurenfoleywriter.com @AYearinSouthOz Runner-up ‘Civilisation at last’ ‘Civilisation at last’ is the story of a childhood ending in flaming ruins, an early adulthood spent re-learning how to love, and one moment on the edge of maturity. Toby Sime grew up in Daylesford, where he now lives with his wife and children. He has been writing poetry since he was eight, and began writing stories a few years ago. He studied literature at Melbourne Uni, at Ballarat, and at Boston College. His story ‘Hooked’ appeared in Australian Love Stories (Inkerman & Blunt, 2014). Runner-up ‘On the road to Kuang Si Falls’ A story of love, betrayal, and beginning again which centres around the capture of a moon bear on a bile farm in the jungles of Luang Prabang. AS is a writer living in Sydney. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in various anthologies and journals such as Meanjin, Overland and Award Winning Australian Stories. — If you appreciate Overland‘s support of emerging writers, please subscribe or donate. Editorial team More by Editorial team › Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places. If you like this piece, or support Overland’s work in general, please subscribe or donate. Related articles & Essays First published in Overland Issue 228 3 November 20238 November 2023 · News Subscriberthon 2023 Friends and Sponsors Editorial team Thank you to our sponsors for their generous contributions to the 2023 Overland Subscriberthon! First published in Overland Issue 228 23 January 202325 January 2023 · Announcement An announcement Editorial team In 2023, as we look towards our 250th edition and prepare for Overland’s 70th anniversary, we wish to make a tangible commitment to improve working conditions for our community, and ensure that whatever funding challenges we might face as a left-wing not-for-profit publisher are not passed on to our contributors. As such, we are proud to become the first publishers to sign onto the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance’s Freelance Charter, which affirms the rights and protections of freelance contributors.