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Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize and How to Apply for 2022

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Elizabeth Jolley short story from Australian Book Review welcomes entries in the 2022ABR 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 $12,500.

Elizabeth Jolley Short Story

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. 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 they will also publish later stories in the year.

Prizes to Be Won at Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Competition

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

The Judges for Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Competition

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

Entry Fees for Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Competition

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

Special Online Entry and 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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Elizabeth Jolley Short Story FAQs

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.

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 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?

One individual author must write no, stories entered the Jolley.

My friend/relative has written a story. Can I enter it on their behalf?

Their authors must enter no, stories.

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 makes up ‘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 makes up 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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