Peter Carey Short Story Awards 2022

Peter Carey Short Story Awards returns for 2022 

Moorabool Shire Libraries and local writers Jem Tyley-Miller and Wayne Marshall are proud to announce the 2022 Peter Carey Short Story Award. Born and raised in Bacchus Marsh, Peter Carey is arguably Australia’s greatest living writer. The author of fourteen critically acclaimed novels and four works of non-fiction, Carey has won the Miles Franklin three times, and the Man Booker twice. Early in his career Carey published two short story collections of rare and startling power—The Fat Man in History and War Crimes—both of which remain, forty years on, unrivalled in their mastery of the short story form. It seems only natural to name this award after one of Moorabool’s (and Australia’s) most gifted and imaginative storytellers.

The award is for short stories between 2000 - 3000 words, and is open to all Australian residents. 

Longlisted entries in 2022 will be judged by Melissa Manning.

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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. 

The winning entry receives $2000, while the runner-up wins $1000. First and second prized stories will also be published in the Spring 2022 issue of Meanjin. Both stories will receive Meanjin’s standard contributor fee for their work.

In 2022, we will also be presenting one outstanding entry with the Moorabool Shire Libraries’ Best Local Entry Award. Writers who enter the Peter Carey Short Story Award and who live, work or study in Moorabool Shire are eligible for consideration. The winning story will receive $500.

Submissions open Monday January 31st at 8.30am and close 6pm AEDT on Thursday March 17th 2022. Entries will be accepted via online application only and will be judged blind, so please, no names on your work. The entry fee is $15 per story and you may enter as many times as you like. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know immediately if your piece has been accepted elsewhere. See our Terms & Conditions for further details.

The longlist will be posted on our website in late May, while the winner and runner-up will be announced at an awards ceremony held at the Bacchus Marsh library on Saturday 4 June 2022 at 2pm.

Good luck to everyone. 

Full Terms and Conditions.(PDF, 165KB)  

Please note: The link to enter PCSSA 2022 will be made available on this page on January 31st 2022 at 8.30am.