The 2018 Nakata Brophy Prize: the final results

The Nakata Brophy Short Fiction and Poetry Prize recognises the talent of young Indigenous writers across Australia. Sponsored by the University of Melbourne’s Trinity College, the prize alternates each year between fiction and poetry; this year’s prize is for the best short story (up to 3000 words) by an Indigenous writer under 30.

First place is $5000, publication in Overland’s print magazine, and a three-month writing residency at Trinity College, the oldest student residence at the University of Melbourne; two runner-up prizes are also awarded.

Overland, Trinity College and the judges for the 2018 competition – Evelyn Araluen, Claire Corbett and Gayle Allan – are pleased to announce the three writers who placed in this year’s competition:

First place

‘Running to home’ – Allanah Hunt

Allanah_Hunt_Headshot_SmallerAndy struggles to walk the line of savouring his childhood on the land he loves and battling the encroaching adult world trying to steal him away from the life he adores.

Allanah Hunt is a Barkindji woman finishing her Creative Writing PhD at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, UK. She is an editor intern through the black&write! program at SLQ. She has published several short stories, is a winner of Griffith Review’s Novella Project VII and recipient of a Boundless mentorship.


‘The last prime minister’ – John Morrissey

John Morrissey pngAmos Murray MP’s worst fears are realised when he becomes prime minister of Australia.

John Morrissey is a Kalkadoon writer raised in Melbourne. His work has been published in Meanjin, Overland and Voiceworks.



‘Paul on the Beenleigh train’ – Jasmin McGaughey

Jasmin McGaugheyA story about how the little hurts in life can impact people in big ways.

Jasmin McGaughey is a Torres Strait Islander from the Kulkalgal Nation, and an aspiring author and editor. After completing her degree in psychology and justice, Jasmin realised her passion is writing. Currently, she is finishing a Masters of Writing, Editing and Publishing, and working as an editor intern at black&write! in Brisbane.


Congratulations to these writers, and thanks to all those who submitted to this year’s Nakata Brophy Prize. Note that the 2019 prize will open 1 December and will be awarded to the best short poem (up to 88 lines).

Image: Munmun Singh

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