Jolley Prize Frequently Asked Questions

I don’t live in Australia and I am not an Australian citizen. Can I still enter?
Yes, you can. Anyone can enter the Jolley Prize. But all stories must be written in English.

I’m interested in the Jolley Prize but don’t know much about it. How can I familiarise myself with the competition?
This is the eighth time that Australian Book Review has presented a short story prize. Past issues containing the shortlisted and winning stories are available for subscribers to read online in our online archive or to purchase in hard-copy from our online store.

Click here for more information about past winners.

When do entries close for the 2017 Jolley Prize?
Entries are now closed for the 2017 Jolley Prize. The three shortlisted stories will be published in the August Fiction issue and the winner will be announced at a ceremony at Potts Point Bookshop in Sydney on 10 August. See our Events page for more details.

Is there a set theme or topic for the Jolley Prize?
No, stories can be on any subject and in any style.

Can I submit a non-fiction story?
No,  the Jolley Prize is for fiction, although entries can be inspired by real life.

Can I enter multiple stories in one entry?
No. Separate entries must be made, and transactions paid, for each story entered into the Jolley Prize. This is to ensure that a record is kept of each story entered, and also to ensure that payment is successfully made for each.

Is there a limit to the number of stories I can enter?
No, but as stated above, each story must be entered and paid for separately, as individual entries.

I have written a story with someone else. Are we eligible to enter the Jolley Prize?
Stories entered in the Jolley must be written by one individual author.

Can I submit or publish the work I have entered in the Prize elsewhere while I await notification?
No. To remain eligible for shortlisting or the overall Prize, stories must not be on offer elsewhere or published elsewhere.

My friend/relative has written a story, can I enter it on their behalf?
No, stories must be entered by their authors.

Are translated stories eligible for entry in the Jolley Prize?

To be eligible for entry in the Jolley Prize stories must not have been previously published, what constitutes ‘publication’?
Publication includes, but is not limited to, publication in print and online (for example in a journal/magazine/anthology or on a website). Publication on a personal blog/website constitutes publication. If a story has been written and assessed as part of a writing course but has not been distributed further, that does not constitute publication.

My story was shortlisted/commended for another prize, can I enter it in the Jolley Prize?
If your story was shortlisted/commended for another prize but was not published, then it can be entered in the Jolley. Please contact us if you are unsure about eligibility.

Can I pay the discounted entry fee?
Current print subscribers and yearly online subscribers may pay the discounted entry fee of AU$15 per entry. Full time students around the world may also enter at the $15 rate but must supply the name of the institution they attend and their student ID number as proof of eligibility. Non-subscribers pay AU$25 per entry. If you would like to subscribe to Australian Book Review in print or ABR Online, click here. Alternatively you can purchase a subscription to ABR Online with your entry for the combined price of AU$50. We will then send you your login details by email and you will be entitled to enter any additional stories at the discounted rate.

Note: Print subscribers must provide their subscriber number to be eligible for the discounted rate (this can be found on the flysheet sent out with the magazine, or on renewal notices – alternatively, email us and we will provide you with your subscriber number). Likewise, yearly subscribers to ABR Online must provide the email address with which they registered the online subscription.

Can I pay with PayPal?
At this time we are accepting credit card payments ONLY – Visa and MasterCard. We regret that we cannot accept AMEX at this time.

Will I receive confirmation of payment?
Yes, once you have submitted your online entry and payment form, you will receive a confirmation email at the email address you supplied in the form. Keep a copy for your records. If you cannot find the confirmation email, be sure to check that it has not gone to your spam or junk folders.

I want to enter by mail, will I receive confirmation of receipt?
Yes, you will, but this will take longer. We will send a confirmation email within a month of receipt – as long as you provide us with a valid email address.

Who are the judges this year?
Amy Baillieu, Chris Flynn, and Ellen van Neerven. Click here to learn more about the judges.

Will you give me feedback about my story?
Unfortunately, we don’t have the time or resources to comment on individual stories.

How should I format my story?
Online entries should be presented with 1.5 line spacing and in 12 pt font size. The pages of stories should be numbered. The author’s name must not appear on the manuscript or in the name of the digital file.

Hard-copy entries should be typed and printed on one side of A4 white paper with 1.5 line spacing and in 12 pt font size. The pages of stories should be numbered. The author’s name must not appear on the manuscript.

Where can I find the complete terms and conditions of entry?
These can be found here.

How can I stay in touch with news about the Jolley Prize?
If you have provided us with a current email address we will contact you with news about the Prize. Another way to stay up-to-date with news about the Jolley Prize and other ABR prizes and events is to sign up to our monthly eNews bulletin. Alternatively you can follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook.