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2024 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

2024 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

The 2024 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize is now closed. The Jolley Prize is worth a total of $12,500 and is for an original work of short fiction of between 2,000 and 5,000 words, written in English. This is the fifteenth time the Jolley Prize has run and it is one of the world’s leading prizes for short fiction.

Status: Closed

Prize Money: $12,500 (first prize: $6,000, second prize: $4,000, third prize: $2,500)

Dates: Opened 16 January and closed 22 April

Judges: Patrick Flanery (SA), Melinda Harvey (Vic) and Susan Midalia (WA)

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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 Patrick Flanery, Melinda Harvey and Susan Midalia. 


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) – $20
Online entry (standard/non subscriber) – $30*

    • 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 subscription - $100
Online entry + 1-year print & digital subscription (Australia) - $120
Online entry + 1-year print & digital subscription (NZ and Asia) - $200
Online entry + 1-year print & digital subscription (Rest of World) - $220

Please sign up to our free 'Prizes and Programs' newsletter for more information about the 2024 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize.

ABR warmly acknowledges the generous support of ABR Patron Ian Dickson AM, who makes the Jolley Prize possible in this lucrative form. 


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    Absolutely excited to embark in this contest. It’s my first time, and I can see the competition is stiff. I’m still extremely eager to participate.
    Good luck and cheers!


    13 February 2024 Posted by MJ BREWER
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    So excited to see this competition is open again. What a great way to start a fresh creative year!

    22 January 2024 Posted by OliviaF
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    Thank you for giving us this opportunity

    17 January 2024 Posted by Roberta George

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