The 2013 Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize invites writers from Australia and New Zealand to submit their work for the chance to win $8000 in prizes.
The competition aims to discover the finest in original short fiction by new writers – that is, writers who have not yet published a book with commercial distribution.
Stories must be unpublished (including online), not under consideration by other publishers, and be of no more than 3000 words.
With a $6000 first prize and two runner-up prizes of $1000, the award is the most lucrative of its kind in both countries. All three winning stories will be published in Overland’s final issue of 2013.
Overland is a quarterly journal of narrative, poetry, academe, opinion and expose that has been published since 1954. Some of its many contributors over the years include Peter Carey, Patrick White, Elizabeth Jolley, Germaine Greer and David Williamson.
The 2013 competition will be judged by Victoria University academic Enza Gandolfo, Overland editors Jeff Sparrow and Jacinda Woodhead, and Overland fiction editor Jennifer Mills.
The competition is free to enter for Victoria University (Melbourne) students, or $12 for Overland subscribers and $18 for non-subscribers.
The competition closes midnight, 31 August 2013.