Prize guidelines and entry

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The Nakata Brophy Short Fiction and Poetry Prize for Young Indigenous Writers

Judges: Sally Dalton-Brown, Trinity College (Chair); Jennifer Mills, Overland; Tony Birch, University of Melbourne

Prize: $5000
The successful writer will also be offered a place as Writer-in-Residence at Trinity College for a period of up to three months.
The successful piece will be published in the May/June 2015 edition of Overland.

Entry conditions

  • The prize is open to Indigenous writers who are 30 years or younger at the closing date of the competition.
  • In 2015 the prize will be awarded to the best short story (limit of 3000 words).
  • The position of Writer-in-Residence at Trinity College is not compulsory and more details will be provided upon presentation of the prize.
  • The work must be unpublished at the time of entry.
  • Entrants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia.
  • Writers must complete and submit a Confirmation of Aboriginality Form.
  • Submission of work will be processed electronically and judged anonymously. The author’s name must not appear on the submitted document.
  • The prize will be awarded at the judges’ discretion and they reserve the right to not select a winner if entries are not of a sufficient standard for the current year.
  • A second place prize may be awarded at the judges’ discretion.
  • The closing date is 31 January 2015. Late applications will not be considered.

Any queries should be directed to Sally Dalton-Brown at

Enter the competition here.