Published 25 August 201618 November 2022 · News / Prizes / Announcement Announcing the winners of the 2016 VU Short Story Prize Editorial team Overland, Victoria University and this year’s three judges – Jennifer Mills, Alison Whan (replacing Ian Syson) and Jacinda Woodhead – are very pleased to announce the winners of the Victoria University Short Story Prize for New and Emerging Writers. Winner ‘Broad hatchet’, Julia Tulloh-Harper Hungry for the challenge of surviving in isolation and the peace of the bush, a young woman ventures alone into the Australian forest to build a slab hut – but she soon learns that the wilderness cannot necessarily provide the solace that she seeks. Julia Tulloh Harper is a writer in Melbourne. She has worked as a pop culture columnist for Kill Your Darlings, and is currently working on a PhD about gender in Cormac McCarthy’s fiction. She tweets at @jtul and blogs at juliatulloh.com. Runner-up ‘All hollows’, Ben Walter The narrator – sequentially, a vampire, werewolf and zombie – can’t sleep. Ben Walter is a writer of lyrical and experimental fiction who has been widely published in Australian journals, including Meanjin, Overland, Island, Griffith Review and The Lifted Brow. He has twice been shortlisted in the Tasmanian Premier’s Literary Prizes, and recently guest-edited Overland’s anti-/dis-/un-Australian fiction issue. Runner-up ‘The acorn of sadness’, AS This story is about the choices we have from inside our grief. 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. She has received the UTS Writers’ Prize and was runner-up in the 2016 Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize. ‘Broad hatchet’, the winning story, ‘takes the classic Australian short story – pioneer mythology, man versus landscape – and reshapes it’. Judges note that the story is ‘intimate, subversive and finely wrought’. The two runner-up stories, ‘with their capricious circumstances and beleaguered characters, carve out unanticipated landscapes and meanings that double as piercing critique’, the judges write. All three stories, along with the judges’ report, will feature in Overland 224, out in around a fortnight’s time. Congratulations to the winning and shortlisted stories, and our thanks to all the writers who entered the competition. The Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize will open again in 2017. (Kindly note: all stages of this competition are judged blind.) 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.