Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize and How to Apply for 2020

Elizabeth jolley short story prize and How to Apply for 2020.

Elizabeth jolley short story: Australian Book Review welcomes entries in the 2020ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize this year and trusts me when I say, it’s amazing. The competition is one of the world’s leading prizes for an original short story. The ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize is worth a total of $12,500.

Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

Entry is open to anyone in the world who is writing in English. Entries must be a single story of 2,000 to 5,000 words in length. ABR will publish the three shortlisted stories in the 2020 August Fiction Issue and announce the overall winner at a special event later that month. Three commended stories will also be published later in the year.

Prizes to Be Won

First Prize: $5,000
Second Prize: $3,000
Third Prize: $2,000

The Judges

The judges to oversee this competition are  Maxine Beneba Clarke, John Kinsella, and Beejay Silcox.

Entry Fees

Jolley Prize entry (current ABR subscriber) – $15
Jolley Prize entry (full-time student) – $15
Jolley Prize entry (standard/non subscriber) – $25*

Special Online entry + Subscription Bundles

Subsequent entries may be submitted at the subscriber rate

Jolley Prize entry + ABR Online subscription – $65
Jolley Prize entry + Print subscription (Australia) – $100
Jolley Prize entry + Print subscription (NZ and Asia) – $150
Jolley Prize entry + Print subscription (Rest of World) – $170

Previous Winners           

  • 2010: Maria Takolander: A Roānkin Philosophy of Poetry[
  • 2011: Carrie Tiffany: Before He Left the Family, and Gregory Day: The Neighbour’s Beans.
  • 2012: Sue Hurley: Patterns in Nature.
  • 2013: Michelle Michau-Crawford: Leaving Elvis.
  • 2014: Jennifer Down: Aokigahara.
  • 2015: Rob Magnuson Smith: The Elector of Nossnearly
  • 2016: Josephine Rowe: Glisk
  • 2017: Eliza Robertson: Pheidippides
  • 2018: Madelaine Lucas: ‘Ruins’
  • 2019: Sonja DechianSonja Dechian: ‘The Point-Blank Murder’

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Frequently Asked Question

Frequently Asked Question

When do entries close for the 2020 Jolley Prize

Entries for the 2020 Jolley Prize will close at midnight on 1 May 2020 (this date has been amended from the original closing date of 15 April 2019). The three shortlisted stories will be published in the August 2020 Fiction issue and the winner will be announced at a ceremony later that month.

Is there a set theme or topic for the Jolley Prize

No, stories can be on any subject and in any style.

What is the word limit for the Jolley Prize

Stories should be between 2,000 and 5,000 words in length.

Can I submit a non-fiction story

No, the Jolley Prize is for fiction, although entries can be inspired by real life. ABR also presents the annual Calibre Essay Prize, which is intended for non-fiction essays.

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

No, stories entered in the Jolley must be written by one individual author.

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’

The 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.

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