2022 Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

Entries have now closed for the 2022 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize. The Jolley Prize is worth a total of AU$12,500 – first place will receive $6,000, second place will receive $4,000, and third place will receive $2,500.

The Jolley Prize is open to all short story writers writing in English. We seek original short stories of between 2,000 and 5,000 words. Entries closed at midnight, 2 May 2022.

Status: Closed, judging underway

Prize money: $12,500

Length: 2,000 to 5,000 words

Closed: Midnight, 2 May 2022

Judges: Amy Baillieu, Melinda Harvey, John Kinsella

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Previous winners

Subscribers to ABR can read previous prize-winning stories to the Jolley Prize. To read these stories, click here.

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This year’s Jolley Prize is judged by Amy Baillieu, Melinda Harvey, and John Kinsella. For more information about the judges, click here.


Entries may be offered elsewhere during the judging of the Jolley Prize. If an entrant is longlisted and has their story offered elsewhere, the entrant will have 24 hours to decide if they wish to withdraw their story on offer elsewhere or from the Jolley Prize. Exclusivity is essential for longlisted stories to remain in contention for shortlisting. 

Entry fees

Online entry (current ABR subscriber) - $15
Online entry (standard/non subscriber) - $25*

  • Non-subscribers will receive digital access to ABR free of charge for four months. 

Special online entry + subscription bundles

Subsequent entries may be submitted at the subscriber rate

Online entry + 1-year digital ABR subscription - $80
Online entry + 1-year print & digital subscription (Australia) - $100
Online entry + 1-year print & digital subscription (NZ and Asia) - $190
Online entry + 1-year print & digital subscription (Rest of World) - $210


ABR gratefully acknowledges Ian Dickson’s generous support for the Jolley Prize.

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