As part of the Moorabool Festival of Stories we are proud to announce the inaugural Peter Carey Short Story Award. Born and raised in Bacchus Marsh, Peter Carey is arguably Australia’s greatest living writer. The author of thirteen critically acclaimed novels and four works of non-fiction, Carey has won the Miles Franklin four 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.
Shortlisted entries will be judged by Ryan O’Neill, author of the short story collection The Weight of a Human Heart and the recent novel-in-stories Their Brilliant Careers: The Fantastic Lives of Sixteen Extraordinary Australian Writers. O’Neill’s inventive and satirical fictions, combined with his knowledge and passion for the short story, make him the perfect judge for this award.
The winning entry receives $1000. A runner-up wins $250. First and second prized stories will also be published in an issue of Review of Australian Fiction. An extract from the winning story will also appear in The Moorabool News.
Submissions close 11.59pm on Friday March 31st 2017. 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 let us know immediately if your piece has been accepted elsewhere. Please see Terms & Conditions for further details.
A shortlist for the award will be appear on our website in early May. The winner and runner-up will be announced at the festival’s closing ceremony on Saturday May 20th.