Final results of the 2018 Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize

Overland and the Malcolm Robertson Foundation are very pleased to announce the entries that placed in the 2018 Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize.

The judges of this year’s prize – writers Heather Morris, Patty Yumi Cottrell and Peter Polites – had the challenging task of first creating a shortlist from 400 entries, then selecting three stories to place in the competition: a first place prize of $4000 and two runner-up prizes of $500 each. The winning story and judges’ notes will be published in Overland 235 (available early June), with the two runner-up stories published as part of the edition online.

First place

‘Kátharsis’ – George Haddad

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A young man answers an important call underwater.

George Haddad is a doctoral candidate at the Writing and Society Centre, Western Sydney University. His debut novella Populate and Perish was the recipient of the 2016 Viva La Novella prize. He has written for Overland, The Lifted Brow, Seizure, Runway and un Magazine.


‘Eva and Tobias’ – AS

A mother leaves her baby and finds solace in a stranger.

AS lives in Sydney. Her stories and essays have appeared in print and online in publications such as Overland, Meanjin, Antipodes and Southerly. A is represented by the Jane Novak Literary Agency.


‘Paper boats’ – Angela Rega

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An elderly Italian migrant befriends a refugee child in detention; a story about identity and belonging in the Australian migration experience.

Angela Rega is a writer and teacher based in Canberra. Her short stories have been published in Australia, Canada, United States, United Kingdom and Norway. Her publications include The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror, PS Publishing and Crossed Genres.



Congratulations to this year’s winners and shortlist and to all of the writers who submitted their work for consideration.

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





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