Jolley Prize Terms and Conditions

2019 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

Guidelines, terms, and conditions

Who can enter?

1. Entries are welcome from writers anywhere in the world.

2. There is no age limit.

3. ABR staff, board members, and editorial advisers are not eligible to enter. ABR contributors and volunteers may enter.

What does it cost to enter a story?

4. Each entry must be accompanied by an entry fee of AU$25, or AU$15 for current ABR subscribers. To qualify for the lower entry fee, entrants must hold a current one-year subscription to our print edition or ABR Online, or be a full-time student.

5. If you don’t already subscribe to ABR Online, you can purchase a one-year subscription and enter a single story for a total of AU$65. You can then enter additional stories at the discounted rate of $15 each.

6.If you don’t already subscribe to ABR’s print edition, you can purchase a one-year subscription and enter a single story for the following rates: $100 (Australia), $150 (New Zealand/Asia), or $170 (ROW)

7. If you choose not to subscribe to ABR (print or online) when you enter the Prize and you are not already an ABR subscriber, you will receive access to ABR Online free of charge for four months.

How to enter

8. Online entry is required.

9. Entries are permitted only as Word documents. The text should be presented with 1.5 spacing and in 12 pt font size. The pages should be numbered.

10. The author’s name must not appear in the document or in the name of the digital file because judging is conducted blind.

11. The file name should only include the title of the story.

12. Entrants will receive automatic confirmation of receipt to the email address used when entering.

Terms and conditions

13.  Entries must be a single story of 2,000 to 5,000 words, written in English.

14.  Multiple entries are permitted.

15.  Entries must be original works of fiction written by an individual author.

16.  Entries must not infringe upon anyone’s copyright.

17.  Entries that are deemed to be works of plagiarism will be disqualified.

18 . Entries may be offered elsewhere during the judging of the Jolley Prize. Longlisted entrants will be contacted in July or early August to confirm that their stories remain exclusive to the Jolley Prize. If they are on offer elsewhere, the entrant will have 24 hours to decide if he/she would like to remove the story from offer elsewhere or from the Jolley Prize. Exclusivity is essential for longlisted stories. The shortlist will be announced in September 2019. Authors of those stories not longlisted will be notified in July or early August. Authors of longlisted stories not commended or shortlisted will be notified in August and can then offer their stories elsewhere.

19.  Previously published, prize-winning, or broadcast stories will not be accepted. (Previous online appearances constitute prior publication.) Entries will be deemed ineligible if they are under contract to another publisher or broadcaster and remain so after a longlisted entrant is contacted regarding eligibility.

20.  Stories entered but not shortlisted in past Jolley Prizes may be re-entered.

21.  Translations are not eligible.

22.  The closing date for entries was midnight, 15 April 2019. This date was changed to midnight 1 May 2019.

23.  If entrants subsequently withdraw their entries, the entry fee will not be refunded.

24.  The shortlisted entrants will be encouraged to take part in radio interviews to help promote the stories and the magazine.

25.  The prize money also covers publication in ABR Online and the print edition.

26.  Copyright in the story (or stories) remains with the entrant.


27.  The winner will receive $5,000 in September 2019.

28.  The runner-up will recieve $3,000 in September 2019.

29.  The second runner-up will receive $2,000 in September 2019.

30.  The judges will commend three extra stories, the authors of which will receive an equal share of the remaining $2,500 in prize money in September 2019.


31. Our expectation is that the shortlisted and commended stories will require little editing apart from the application of house style.

32. ABR will edit the shortlisted stories and show the authors changes for their approval. The authors will be involved throughout and will be shown successive proofs.

33. The three shortlisted stories will be published in the September 2019 issue (print and online).

34. ABR will edit the commended stories and show the authors changes for their approval.The three commended stories will appear in print and/or online later in 2019.

35.  Authorship of the shortlisted and commended stories will be fully acknowledged in the ABR print and online issues and in all related material.

36. Copyright in the shortlisted and commended stories resides with the authors. The shortlisted and commended entrants grant the Australian Book Review an exclusive licence to publish their winning stories in the relevant ABR issue (print and online edition) for three months from the date of first publication in the issue, and thereafter a non-exclusive licence indefinitely to publish in the relevant online issue.

37. If syndication or anthologisation of the winning stories is mooted, ABR will consult the winning authors for approval. The authors will receive 50% of any syndication fees and 100% of any anthology fees.

The Judging Process

38.  Judging is completely anonymous.

39.  The entrant’s name must not appear in the Word file or in the file name.

40.  Entries should not include personal dedications, as these might inadvertently reveal the entrant's identity. Dedications can be added following completion of the judging.

41.  The judges are Maxine Beneba Clare, John Kinsella, and Beejay Silcox.

42.  ABR will publish the shortlisted stories in the September 2019 issue and announce the overall winner at a special ceremony later that month. All entrants will be invited.

43.  The judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into about the judgements or the judging process.

44. We are unable to provide feedback about individual entries.

45.   ABR reserves the right not to award a prize.

To be eligible, entrants must tick the declaration box on the online entry page


I hereby declare that the story entered in the Jolley Prize is my own work, has not been previously published or awarded, is not currently on offer to another publication or prize, and will not be so offered until after the announcement of the Jolley Prize in September 2019. I have read all the terms and conditions and agree to abide by them.