VU Short Story Prize for New and Emerging Writers

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This annual competition encourages excellent and original short fiction by new writers of up to 3000 words in length. At a grand first prize of $6000, it is a coveted annual fiction award for new writers in Australia. There are also two runner-up prizes of $1000. All three winners will be published in the spring issue of Overland.

For the purposes of this competition, ‘new or emerging’ describes a writer who has published no more than one book with commercial distribution. (That is, writers who have no books, or who have published one book are eligible; writers with two books or more are ineligible. If you are the author of several chapbooks or books with small print runs, you can contact us to confirm eligibility: overland@vu.edu.au.)

Judges to be announced shortly.

Competition closes 11.59 pm, Wednesday 31 May 2017. Please read the entry guidelines to confirm eligibility.

You may also be interested to read the 2016 judges’ report and the winning stories. Or the 2015 judges’ report and the winning stories.


Enter the Overland Victoria University Prize for New and Emerging Writers as a:

new subscriber – $56

(Includes $12 entry fee and $44 subscription)
Writers can subscribe to Overland for one year (four issues) at a discounted rate, and enter the competition at the special subscriber rate. Take out a new subscription and enter the Overland VU Short Story Prize.


current subscriber – $12

Current Overland subscribers enter the competition at the special subscriber rate of $12. Current subscribers enter the competition here.


non-subscriber – $20

Entry to the competition for non-subscribers is $20. Non-subscribers enter the competition here.


Victoria University student or staff member – free

For students of Victoria University (in Melbourne, Australia), entry to the competition is free. Victoria University students and staff members can enter the competition here.