Overland and Victoria University are pleased to announce that the four judges of this year’s Victoria University Short Story Prize for New and Emerging Writers – author Frank Moorhouse, UQP editor Ian See, writer and academic Enza Gandalfo and Overland publicity officer Rachael McGuirk – have reduced this year’s 800 entries to a shortlist of ten stories. (Please note: all stages of this competition were judged blind.)
Winning stories for the $8000 prize will be announced shortly. The three prize winners, along with the judges’ reports, will be published in the spring issue of Overland.
Introducing the 2017 shortlist:
‘Wharekaho Beach, 1944’
Allan Drew recently completed his PhD in creative writing at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He writes mostly fiction, but also poems and nonfiction. His work has been published in journals and anthologies in NZ, the UK and the US. Allan teaches creative writing and science writing at Massey University.
Amanda Niehaus weaves her experiences as a scientist into her writing because she wants to unsettle readers’ assumptions about human bodies, behaviours, and societies. Her work has been published in Creative Nonfiction, AGNI, Literary Mama, and Noon Annual, and her novel-in-progress, The Breeding Season, is based on this story. www.amandacniehaus.com
Beejay Silcox has been kicked in the head by a gorilla, blessed by a voodoo priest, and stuck in quicksand; she eloped to Las Vegas, and drove to Timbuktu in a car held together with a bra-strap. She recently completed her MFA, and is working on a collection of short fiction.
‘Clown Shoe Store’
Charlotte Simmonds is a writer, translator and PhD student at the other Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. Her work appears regularly in arts and literary journals, theatres and podcasts in New Zealand and the USA. Her poetry collection, The World’s Fastest Flower, is published through VUP.
Elisabeth Passmore was shortlisted for the 2014 Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize and longlisted for the 2016 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize.
‘Shirt Dresses That Look A Little Too Much Like Shirts So That It Looks Like You Forgot To Put On Pants (Love Will Save The Day)’
Elizabeth Tan is a Perth writer and a sessional academic at Curtin University. In recent years, her fiction has appeared in Overland, Westerly, Best Australian Stories 2016, Pencilled In, Seizure, Tincture and Review of Australian Fiction. Her debut novel is Rubik (Brio, 2017).
‘The Wind Forest (kaze-no-mori)’
James Norris is a writer from Brisbane. Since January 2016, he has submitted thirty-two entries for short story competitions in Australia and internationally and has been unsuccessful on every occasion – except for maybe this one. Whatever the case though, he’s pretty upbeat about it all and hopes to keep trying.
Glimpses of Pixie, Dimple, Stan and the unknown man entangled within a story of desperation, betrayal, voyeurism, pranks, aging, banality, hypocrisy, desire, lewdness, crudeness, narcissism, manslaughter, sex, death and above all The Search For Love!
Judyth Emanuel has short stories published in Overland, Electric Literature, Literary Orphans, Verity Lane, Intrinsick, Fanzine, Quail Bell, STORGY, One Page and Joiner Bay Stories. She is also forthcoming in Jellyfish Review and Thrice Magazine, was a finalist in the Raven Short Story Contest, was a semi-finalist in Conium Review Flash Fiction and shortlisted for the Margaret River Short Story Prize.
‘Drowning in Thick Air’
Mandy Beaumont teaches creative writing at Griffith University. Most recently she was a finalist in the Rachel Funari Award, the Newcastle Short Story Award and the Overland Fair Australia Prize. Mandy won the MOTH International Short Story Prize and is a Wheeler Centre Writing Fellow. In 2016 she co-edited the Overland ‘The Idea of Women’ edition. mandybeaumont.com
‘The Gods Will Not Save You’
Theodore Bulleid is in his third and final year of a Bachelor of Creative Writing at RMIT University. He is a writer of screen and short fiction stories, with a particular love of crime and science fiction.
Congratulations again to all the excellent finalists! Note that winners will be announced at overland.org.au later in August.