Fair Australia Prize 2017: the winners

What does a fairer world look like, and how do we get there? The Fair Australia Prize asks writers and artists to engage with these questions and imagine a new political agenda for Australia through fiction, essays, poetry, cartoons and art.

Many thanks to the 2017 judges – Michalia Arathimos, Jennifer Down, Emma Kerin, Antony Loewenstein, Godfrey Moase, Jacinda Woodhead, Ellen van Neerven, Toby Fitch, Carina Garland, Sam Wallman, Cathy Wilcox and Sam Davis – and to all the writers and artists who submitted entries this year. Note: the competition will reopen in 2018.

Overland, the National Union of Workers, the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance, and the National Tertiary Education Union (VIC) are very pleased to announce the winning entries of this year’s prize, which will be published in Overland’s final edition of the year, to be launched Monday 11 December in Melbourne (launch details below):



Sutherland‘East Perth [imagined nation]’

A response to citizenship, love, distance and intercultural yearning.

Andrew Sutherland is primarily a theatre practitioner between Perth and Singapore. Recent theatre works include Unveiling: Gay Sex for Endtimes with Perth’s Renegade Productions and Baby Girl for Black Swan State Theatre’s Emerging Writers Group. He serves as creative producer and dramaturg for Singaporean interdisciplinary company Pink Gajah Theatre.



A young man’s day at work is interrupted by a marching crowd who’ve had enough.

Bryant Apolonio graduated from the University of Sydney in 2016, where he studied Law and English. While he was there, he wrote for and edited the student newspaper, Honi Soit. He lives and works in Sydney and has recently started writing fiction.

Graphic / Artwork

Nicky Minus Headshot‘The New (Not) Normal’

The New (Not) Normal looks at the precarious nature of work today and the struggles that most workers face in the fight for a fairer Australia

Nicky Minus is a cartoonist whose work has most recently appeared in The Lifted Brow, Overland and both editions of the American anthology Resist. She just returned from a two-week residency in Yogyakarta as part of the Comic Art Workshop, workshopping her new graphic novel about shame, power and spit.


jbullhead‘Aussie Albert’

A snapshot of Albert Namatjira is a window into the injustices befalling Indigenous Australians, who are still denied a voice in determining their destiny in contemporary Australia.

Julian Bull studied natural resources management and landscape architecture at the Universities of Adelaide and Melbourne. His numerous articles on landscape architecture, urban design and art have been published in Australia and overseas.

Best member entry (NUW/NTEU/MEAA)

Michael Dulaney photo‘Beyond the Bridge to Nowhere’

A small sketch of how PR exercises and empowerment language can hijack the difficult work of addressing inequality and industrial pollution.

Michael Dulaney is a writer and journalist based in Sydney. His work has been published by Griffith Review, the Monthly and the Lifted Brow, among others. He tweets at @michael_dulaney.



The Launch

It’s time … for a Universal Basic Income
5.30pm (for a 6pm start), Monday 11 December

Ballroom, Trades Hall
54 Victoria St Carlton
Free food, free drinks, free event!

To launch our brilliant, final bumper edition of 2017, which also contains the winners of this year’s Fair Australia Prize, Overland and our friends at the National Union of Workers are hosting a lively debate on the topic of a universal basic income and whether it’s a solution to rising inequality.

Ready to battle it out on the night are co-founder of the Safe Schools Coalition Victoria, Roz Ward; writer, actor, academic and activist Gary Foley; former deputy prime minister Wayne Swan; and writer and presenter Helen Razer.

Overland’s deputy editor Sian Vate and the NUW’s Godfrey Moase will co-MC the night. There will also be readings from the edition’s contributors. Copies of Overland 229 available for sale on the night.



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