2019 Peter Carey Award

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Event Date(s) and Time(s)

Sunday, 03 February, 2019 - 21:30


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Moorabool Shire Libraries
Bacchus Marsh VIC 3340

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Event Organising Body: 
Moorabool Shire Libraries
Event Organiser: 
Moorabool Shire Libraries


Event Fees: 
$10 per entry
Peter Carey


Peter Carey Short Story Award

Moorabool Shire Council and Moorabool Writers Craft are proud to announce the 2019 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 will be judged by Nic Low, a Ngāi Tahu Māori and European New Zealand writer of wilderness, technology and politics. His satirical story collection Arms Race was shortlisted for the Readings Prize and Queensland Literary Awards, and named a Listener and Australian Book Review book of the year. Nic’s short fiction, essays and criticism have been published widely in Australia and New Zealand. He is a recipient of the 2018 CLNZ Writers’ Award, a 2018 Pushcart Prize nominee, and an alumnus of the 2017 Banff Centre Mountain and Wilderness Writing Program.

The winning entry receives $1000, while the runner-up wins $500. First and second prized stories will also be published in the spring 2019 issue of Meanjin. Both stories will receive Meanjin’s standard contributor fee for their work.

In 2019, 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 $250 and have an extract of their story published locally

Submissions open Monday February 4th and close 6pm AEDT on Thursday March 21st, 2019. Entries will be accepted via online application only and will be judged blind, so please, no names on your work. The entry fee is $10 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 early May, while the winner and runner-up will be announced at an awards ceremony held at the Bacchus Marsh library on Saturday June 1st, 2019.

Good luck to everyone. We can’t wait to read your stories.


Peter Carey Short Story Award 2019 Terms and Conditions

1. Applicants must be 18 or over and be residents of Australia.

2. To be eligible for the Best Local Entry Award, entrants must live, work or study in Moorabool Shire. When submitting your work, please select the Best Local Entry box on the entry form to be considered. The organisers have the right to request proof or residence, club membership or enrolment in a local educational facility before announcing the winner of this award.

3. Work must be between 2000 and 3000 words.

4.   Please use 12pt. Times New Roman, double spaced with 2.5cm margins

5.   Applications must be submitted online; hard copy submissions will not be accepted.

6. Applications will be judged anonymously. Please don't include your name in the attachment.

7. Entries will be independently judged. The judges' decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

8. First and second prize entries will be published in the spring 2019 issue of Meanjin and agreement for publication is a condition of entry.

9. An extract from the Best Local Entry Award will be published locally and agreement for publication is a condition of entry.

10.  The entries must not have been published or accepted for publication by a recognised publisher, in print or online. (Please note: this does not include community publications, local independent publications or blogs. If your piece has been published in such a publication you are still eligible to enter the competition.)

11. Entry is to be paid via the website and is $10 per story.

12. Multiple entries and simultaneous submissions are fine.

13. We are unable to accept entries or notify entrants that do not follow entry guidelines.



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