Jolley Prize story

Jolley Prize 2012 (Shortlist): 'Gorgeous Perambulator' by Jack Cox

Jack Cox
30 August 2012

The first time she came was remarkably with someone else. He had been doing more or less the same thing for about a week when it happened and she was glad but as is the nature of such thresholds it became a due before she could remember it being any different. Few things blow you away. Though it was mysterious at first she soon had it in her own power. Once years la ... More

Jolley Prize 2011 (Winner): 'The Neighbour’s Beans' by Gregory Day

Gregory Day
27 September 2011

In the weeks and months after his Moira died he’d whittled off the callers, one by one, until even gentle Dave O’Donnell, his oldest friend, felt like a stranger when he came by to drop off a family-size pie. This was an unlikely turn of behaviour. In the resolute stare he gave Dave at the side door of the house, there was a grief that could brook no niceties, d ... More

Jolley Prize 2011: 'Before He Left the Family' by Carrie Tiffany

Carrie Tiffany
27 September 2011

Before he left the family, my father worked as a sales representative for a pharmaceutical company. He travelled from chemist to chemist with samples of pills and lotions and pastes in the back of his Valiant station wagon. The best sales representatives visited modern chemists in the city and suburbs. My father had to drive long distances to country chemists who ha ... More

Jolley Prize 2011 (Shortlist): 'Milk Tray' by Claire Aman

Claire Aman
27 September 2011

This is to say I didn’t take the old lady’s things for myself, I was only looking after them. I wanted to leave the chocolate box in her garden so when she lifted the lid she’d find her ruby rings and diamonds and pearls each tucked in their own dark nest. It was nearly ready, only two more to go – Turkish Delight and Peppermint Crème. She would have unders ... More

Jolley Prize 2011 (Shortlist): 'What’s Richard Ford Got to Do with It?' by Gaylene Carbis

Gaylene Carbis
27 September 2011

In the middle of their love-making, he said, suddenly – ‘Wait.’ He reached over to his wallet beside the bed and took out what was obviously a condom. He opened the packet, held up the condom and said, ‘Put it on.’

She held it in the air, as if it was something she’d never seen before.

‘You have to hold the end so the air doesn’t get ... More

Jolley Prize 2010 (Winner): 'A Roānkin philosophy of poetry' by Maria Takolander

Maria Takolander
07 December 2010

A Roānkin philosophy of poetry

by Maria Takolander

I worked for a while with the second cousin of an acquaintance of the notorious Minean nationalist poet, Honoré Tutkanen, whose book The Overall Underling had done little, my colleague and I agreed, to advance sympathy for the pig breeder. This colleague, a lecturer in the faculty of b ... More

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