Results of the 2016 Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize

Overland and judges Stephanie Bishop, Aviva Tuffield and Tony Wheeler are pleased to announce the winning entries in this year’s Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize, which awards a first place of $4000 and two runner-up prizes of $500.

Congratulations to Katy Warner, who placed first with ‘The Trip’. Two runner-up prizes have been awarded to John Scholz for ‘East, West Tiger’ and to David Cohen for ‘Lament of a Bus Stop outside the Benrath Senior Centre’.

The winning story will be published in Overland’s first 2017 edition (available mid-March), with the two runners-up published as part of the edition online.

First place: ‘The Trip’

A girl is taken on an unexpected journey by the mother she barely knows.

Katy Warner is a Melbourne-based writer of plays and stories. A graduate of the VCA, her plays have been presented across Australia and as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In 2016, she won the Rachel Furnai Prize for Fiction. Her short stories have been shortlisted for awards including the Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Prize and the Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Prize. Her debut novel will be published by Black Inc in 2018.

Runner-up: ‘East West Tiger’

A story of family, being valued, and a boy’s link to a new world.

John Scholz is a writer and teacher from South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula. His writing has been published in Australia and internationally. He has had success in many writing competitions including winning the SA Writers’ Festival Short Story Award twice, and the EJ Brady Award.

Runner-up: ‘Lament of a Bus Stop outside the Benrath Senior Centre’

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A travel story in which no-one goes anywhere, this piece was inspired by the fake bus stops for Alzheimer’s patients at German nursing homes.

David Cohen is a Brisbane-based writer whose short fiction has appeared in The Big Issue, Meanjin, Seizure, Tracks and elsewhere. He is the author of two novels: Fear of Tennis (Black Pepper, 2007) and Disappearing off the Face of the Earth, which will be published by Transit Lounge in May 2017.



Image: ‘Jellyfish’ by Flickred



new MRF logo-2015The Neilma Sidney Prize is supported by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation

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