ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

The Australian Book Review Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize is one of Australia's leading prizes for an original short story. It honours the work of the great Australian writer Elizabeth Jolley (1923–2007).

Maria Takolander won the inaugural Australian Book Review Short Story Competition in 2010 for her story 'A Roānkin philosophy of poetry' which was later published in her début short story collection The Double (Text Publishing, 2013). In 2011 the prize was renamed the ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize. Jolley Prize winners include Carrie Tiffany and Gregory Day (2011), Sue Hurley (2012), Michelle Michau-Crawford (2013), and Jennifer Down (2014). In 2015 UK-based writer Rob Magnuson Smith became the first international winner of the Jolley Prize.

This year the total prize money has risen from $8,000 to $12,500. The 2016 Jolley Prize will be judged by ABR Deputy Editor Amy Baillieu and authors Maxine Beneba Clarke and David Whish-Wilson. ABR will publish the three shortlisted stories in the 2016 August Fiction Issue and will announce the overall winner at a special event during the Melbourne Writers Festival.

Click here for more information about the 2016 Jolley Prize

Click here for more information about the 2016 Jolley Prize judges

Click here for more information about past winners of the Jolley Prize and for links to their stories.

ABR gratefully acknowledges the support of Mr Ian Dickson.


'I am thrilled to be this year's winner of the ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize. This important prize encourages all international writers of fiction who want their work to be judged as it should be – on its own merits and strictly anonymously. I am very grateful to Australian Book Review and the judges.'
Rob Magnuson Smith (UK), 2015 Jolley Prize Winner

'To win the ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize is a delicious honour.'
Gregory Day, joint winner, 2011

'ABR has contributed to elevating the status of the short story with its annual Jolley Prize.'
Blanche Clark, Herald Sun

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