Published in Overland Issue 236 Spring 2019 Uncategorized Judging notes | Nakata Brophy Prize Editorial team One of the exciting aspects of reading the entries for this year’s Nakata Brophy Prize for Young Indigenous Writers was the breadth of writing, the range of voices, subjects and styles, which is reflected in this year’s winners. The winning story, Allanah Hunt’s ‘Running to home’, is a tense, beautifully written realist story of Aboriginal boys swimming in the Murray River on a hot day. But it builds to the all-pervasive fear of the taking of children. The boys might escape being stolen from their families one day but what about the next, and the day after that? Runner-up ‘The last prime minister’, by John Morrissey, is a sharp satire on the corrupt stasis of the current political settlement, a state of affairs so toxic that there is nothing the last prime minister, the first Indigenous prime minister, can do except walk away (the Indigenous Affairs portfolio has of course gone to a white woman from the North Shore). The insidious and persistent racism faced by characters such as Amos Murray, the PM of the story, is wittily portrayed: the only appraisal Murray ever receives is that he is ‘articulate’. There’s an edge of Melville’s ‘Bartleby the Scrivener’ in this tale, with Murray’s first response to the demands of office: ‘I’d just rather not.’ This story is a welcome entry into the increasingly significant sphere of Indigenous Futurisms, a cutting-edge genre growing in importance, as people the world over write their own versions of possible futures. Jasmin McGaughey’s ‘Paul on the Beenleigh Train’, the other runner-up this year, is a melancholy mood piece that builds to a moving twist on the reality of Paul’s existence and why he observes others in the way that he does. It’s a story that uses realism to encompass worlds: ‘Paul believed in weird things. He believed in a world where the dead roamed the streets in their misty forms.’ We hope you enjoy reading these stories, all of which are available at overland.org.au, as much as we did. Read the rest of Overland 236 If you liked this piece, buy the issue Or subscribe and receive four brilliant issues for a year Editorial team More by Editorial team Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places. If you like this piece, or support Overland’s work in general, please subscribe or donate. Related articles & Essays First published in Overland Issue 228 28 November 202229 November 2022 Film Noirvember at the movies: on the pleasures of personal curation Eloise Ross Watching noir all month, in its many transcontinental variants from the past eighty-odd years, really is a fantastic thing to do. I’m finding connections between films that aren’t obvious, or that might not appear to me without the benefit of such programming and framing. First published in Overland Issue 228 25 November 202228 November 2022 Poetry Poetry | Summer animal Jini Maxwell This summer I can feel myself turning back into an animal. I wake up early and seek out trees, walking through the expansive quiet of the park until the heat starts feeling sharp on my skin. I leave the blinds closed, so when I return home the building is dark and familiar, and as I shut the door behind me I feel a satisfaction I can only describe as territorial.