Jolley Prize story

Jolley Prize 2018 (Shortlisted): 'Ruins' by Madelaine Lucas

Madelaine Lucas
26 July 2018

In the car we wound around the bay, which, on the map, made the shape of an ear with a tear-shaped island off the coast like a jewel earring. My mother and I were going to see the lighthou More

Jolley Prize 2018 (Shortlisted): 'Between the Mountain and the Sea' by Sharmini Aphrodite

Sharmini Aphrodite
25 July 2018

It was the first thing she noticed: all the clocks had stopped. She only mentioned it when she was shown to the dining table and the woman – his grandmother – placed in front of her a More

Jolley Prize 2018 (Shortlisted): 'Vasco' by Claire Aman

Claire Aman
25 July 2018

Before I learnt the language of map-making, the word cadastre sounded like a timbre or a cadence. It was a momentous drum, a hollow ratatat. Bone, fire, dirt, stone. Like a shout, More

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

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