Peter Carey Short Story Awards 2022

Peter Carey Short Story Awards Longlist Announcement 

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


2022 Peter Carey Short Story Awards Head Judge

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Melissa Manning is a Melbourne-based writer. She grew up in southern Tasmania and has lived and worked in London and Hungary. Her writing has been recognised in awards and published widely, including in The Best Small Fictions (US), To Carry Her Home (UK), Award Winning Australian Writing and OverlandSmokehouse is Melissa’s debut collection, and was shortlisted for the 2021 USQ Steele Rudd Award for a Short Story Collection, and the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction.