Jennifer Down was named the winner of the 2014 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize in front of a packed house at Melbourne Writers Festival on Saturday, 30 August. Ms Down, a Victorian writer, received $5,000 for her story entitled ‘Aokigahara’.
The Jolley Prize – one of Australia’s most lucrative and visible awards for short fiction – attracted about 1,200 entries. The judges – Patrick Allington, Cassandra Atherton, and Amy Baillieu – shortlisted three stories:
All three stories appear in full in our September Fiction issue.
The judges also highly commended two stories which we will publish in coming months: Gregory Day’s ‘The 900s Have Moved’ and ‘The Great Dying’ by American writer Larry O’Connor.
We will begin seeking entries in the sixth Jolley Prize in December 2014.
Readers’ Choice Award
We have some special prizes for three lucky voters. One will receive twenty-five Text Classics, courtesy of Text Publishing. Two other voters will receive two-year complimentary subscriptions to ABR Online.
‘ABR has also contributed to elevating the status of the short story with its annual Jolley Prize.’ – Blanche Clark, Herald Sun
You may be interested in reading the shortlisted stories from previous years.
We also recommend you read our list of Frequently Asked Questions before contacting us with a question about the Jolley Prize.
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