Jolley Prize story

Jolley Prize 2017 (Winner): 'Pheidippides' by Eliza Robertson

Eliza Robertson
26 July 2017

At the first interview, I sat in a plastic canteen chair while Berkeley lay under a towel and a woman with spiked hair dug into the cords of his thigh. He rested his chin on his forearms s More

Jolley Prize 2017 (Shortlisted): 'Butter' by Lauren Aimee Curtis

Lauren Aimee Curtis
25 July 2017

We met him in a park down by the derelict part of the harbour. It was just an oblong of yellow grass and some lopsided play equipment. We used to go there at night and drink cheap, fizzy w More

Jolley Prize 2017 (Shortlisted): 'The Leaching Layer' by Dominic Amerena

Dominic Amerena
25 July 2017

My neighbour has been digging a hole in his backyard for the past few days. The hole is quite large now, big enough to fit, say, a single bed, or – it’s hard not to draw the connection More

Jolley Prize 2016 (Winner): 'Glisk' by Josephine Rowe

Josephine Rowe
21 July 2016

We are wading out, the five of us. I remember this. The sun an hour or two from melting into the ocean, the slick trail of its gold showing the way we will take ...

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Jolley Prize 2016 (Shortlist): 'Ash' by Anthony Lawrence

Anthony Lawrence
21 July 2016

When he steps outside and pulls off the mask, it feels like removing a second face, the one he keeps from the ones who wouldn't understand and those who would ...

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Jolley Prize 2016 (Shortlist): 'The Water Calligrapher's Women' by Jonathan Tel

Jonathan Tel
21 July 2016

She says it was a man, an old man (but all men are old to her), which man, what did he look like, what was he wearing, what did he do ...

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Jolley Prize 2015 (Winner): 'The Elector of Nossnearly' by Rob Magnuson Smith

Rob Magnuson Smith
25 August 2015

One by one the Shetlands had emptied. Father said we had to make ourselves known or we were next. He was trying to get into the Scottish Stud Book and Elector was his answer. I didn’t care. I just wanted to ride Chicken.

Father said the ponies h ... More

Jolley Prize 2015 (Shortlist): 'Crest' by Harriet McKnight

Harriet McKnight
25 August 2015

It takes more than half an hour to put on all the layers of the dry suit. First the woollen thermals, then the thick undersuit and the neoprene seals around the neck and wrists. Finally, the membrane shell. All this before we even look for the hole in the ice. By the time we hit the water we are as plump and blubber-thick as the more cold-adapted creatures: se ... More

Jolley Prize 2015 (Shortlist): 'Borges and I' by Michelle Cahill

Michelle Cahill
25 August 2015

I trace my encounters with time travel to perdurantism and poetry. In the spring of 1981, I was appointed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Colorado to probe a wormhole, an undertaking of ambitious design which would allow information to travel faster than the speed of light. As the universe was changing, the preparations were endless. O ... More

Jolley Prize 2014 (Shortlist): 'Doisneau's Kiss' by Cate Kennedy

Cate Kennedy
27 August 2014

He was a man with a pinboard, and that boosted him a hundred points in her nervy evaluation, the first night she saw his room. On the pinboard were tickets, a laminated backstage pass, a wrapper from a Swiss chocolate, all those things that could wait for drowsy burbling nocturnal stories in the dark, the recounting of Times Before Her recited off like threaded bead ... More

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