Peter Carey Short Story Awards 2022

Peter Carey Short Story Award Winner Announcement Updated 6 June 2022

In 2022 we received over 300 short stories from writers all across Australia. That field of 300-plus was narrowed to a longlist of 13 by longlisting judges Laurie Steed, Brooke Dunnell and Mykaela Saunders. That list was further narrowed to its final shortlist of 8 brilliant short stories by 2022 Head Judge Melissa Manning.

Melissa Manning is a Melbourne-based writer. Her debut interlinked story collection, Smokehouse won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction, and was shortlisted for the USQ Steele Rudd Award for a Short Story Collection.

Melissa announced the winners of 2022 Peter Carey Short Story Award (on Saturday 4 June 2022) as follows:

Winner: Eleuterio Cabrera's Beautiful Game by Jordan Prosser

Runner Up: A Little, Late by Alex Sawyer by Alex Sawyer

Commendation: Bogan Flash by Roy Mears

Best Local Entry: Holding My Breath by Christine Mackley

Peter Carey Short Story Awards 2022 winner

Pictured: Jem Tyley-Miller (PCSSA Organising Committee), Jordan Prosser (Winner 2022 PCSSA), Melissa Manning (Head Judge 2022 PCSSA), Roy Mears (Commendation 2022 PCSSA), Moorabool Shire Councillor Moira Berry and Moorabool Shire Mayor and Councillor Tom Sullivan. 


Peter Carey Short Story Award Shortlist Announcement Updated 24 May 2022

The Peter Carey Short Story Award is delighted to announce its shortlist for 2022.

From a longlist of thirteen standout stories, our judge Melissa Manning has had the very difficult task of narrowing that to a shortlist of eight, ahead of her final verdict in June.

Melissa’s selection is as follows:

2022 Peter Carey Short Story Award Shortlist

A Little, Late by Alex Sawyer

Bogan Flash by Roy Mears

Eleuterio Cabreras Beautiful Game by Jordan Prosser

Honey by Rachel Flynn

Letterboxing by Jenni Mazaraki

Milk Tea by Melanie Saward

The Builder/Dreamer by Victoria Griffin

The Tenements by Luke Best

The winner and runner-up will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Lerderderg Library in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, on Saturday 4 June at 2pm. The recipient of Best Local Entry will also be announced at the ceremony, along with the winners of Moorabool Young Writers’ Awards. Please follow this link to reserve a ticket as bookings are essential.

We would like to thank the many writers who submitted to this year’s award and wish the finalists the very best of luck.

 

The 2022 Peter Carey Short Story Award Committee


2022 PCSSA Longlist Announcement  Updated 10 May 2022

Peter Carey Short Story Award Longlist

The Peter Carey Short Story Award is thrilled to announce its longlist for 2022.

Opening for submissions in February, we yet again received more than 300 entries from writers all across Australia. Our longlisting panel (Laurie Steed, Brooke Dunnell, Mykaela Saunders) faced the job of selecting from that field a small number of standout stories, a difficult task given the very high quality of the entry pool overall.

Please be advised of the panel’s selection of a longlist of 13 stories:

A Little, Late by Alex Sawyer

Bogan Flash by Roy Mears

Early Summer by Gillian Hagenus

Eleuterio Cabreras Beautiful Game by Jordan Prosser

Honey by Rachel Flynn

Letterboxing by Jenni Mazaraki

Milk Tea by Melanie Saward

Naming Calls by Steve Fendt

Pool by Jenni Mazaraki

The Builder/Dreamer by Victoria Griffin

The Tenements by Luke Best

Solander by Benjamin F. Forbes

We Can’t Blame the Pelicans by Kit Scriven

Judging for Best Local Entry is still underway, with the winner announced along with the first and second-placed stories in the general category on Saturday 4 June at an awards ceremony at the Lerderderg Library in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria. Further details for this event will be announced with the posting of the shortlist later in May.

We’d like to thank all the writers who submitted to this year’s award, and wish the 12 finalists good luck. Our head judge, Melissa Manning, has commenced her deliberation on the longlist. We remain so grateful to the Australian short-storytelling community for supporting our competition and trusting us with their work.

The 2022 Peter Carey Short Story Award Committee


 

What are the Peter Carey Short Story Awards?

The Peter Carey Short Story Award is for short stories between 2000 - 3000 words, and open to all Australian residents.

Entries are only accepted via online application and are judged blind. The entry fee is $15 per story. Simultaneous submissions are accepted.

Prizes:

  • Winner $2000;
  • Runner-up $1000.
    • First and second prized stories will also be published in the Spring issue of Meanjin. Both stories will receive Meanjin’s standard contributor fee for their work.  
  • Best Local Moorabool Entry $500. 
    • Writers who enter the Peter Carey Short Story Award and who live, work or study in the Moorabool Shire are eligible for consideration.

       

Proposed 2023 Timeline:

Monday 30 January 2023 - Entries open at 8.30am. 

Thursday 16 March 2023 - Entries close at 6pm. 

Monday 8 May 2023 - Longlist announced. 

Monday 22 May 2023 – Shortlist announced.

Saturday 3 June 2023 -  Award Announced.