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 Cabrera’s 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
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 Overland. Smokehouse 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.