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Tuesday, 20 February, 2018 - 13:45
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Peter Carey Award back and launch of Young Writers’ Award


The Peter Carey Short Story Award is back for 2018.The award is for stories between 2000 - 3000 words, and is open to all Australian residents. Entries close Monday 26 March.


Longlisted entries will be judged by Jane Rawson, author of the novels ‘A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists’ and ‘From the Wreck’. The winning entry receives $1000, while the runner-up wins $500.


Both stories will be published in the Spring 2018 edition of Meanjin.


2018 Launch of the Inaugural Moorabool Young Writers’ Award


Moorabool Shire Libraries and Moorabool Writers Craft are proud to announce the inaugural Moorabool Young Writers’ Awards. These awards aim to promote a love of writing in the Shire, and will recognise the finest young writers in the district. The competition will be open from 15 March to 15 April 2018, with winners announced on 2 June at an afternoon tea held in conjunction with the Peter Carey Short Story Award.

Stories will be judged in three categories and are open to all those who meet the age requirements, AND who work, live, or study in Moorabool Shire. Both a winner and a runner-up will be awarded for each category.


1. Junior Awards (grade 3 and under) Short Stories up to 1000 words

Winner: $50         Runner- up: $25 Bookstore Voucher

2. Intermediate Awards (grades 4-6)   Short Stories up to 1000 words

Winner: $50         Runner-up: $25 Bookstore Voucher

3. Youth Awards (under 18 years)   Short Stories up to 3000 words

Winner: $250       Runner-up: $100 Bookstore Voucher

Entries will be judged by Bacchus Marsh’s own Allyse Near, author of Fairytales for Wilde Girls. Allyse’s debut novel won Best Horror and Best Young Adult Novel at the Aurealis Awards, and Honour Book of the Year at the CBCA Awards. She was also shortlisted for the Norma K Hemming and Inky Awards.

Submissions close Sunday 15 April, 2018.

Please see Terms & Conditions and for further details please telephone 5366 7100 or visit

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