2021 judges

Amanda O'Callaghan

Competition judge, Amanda O’Callaghan

Amanda’s short fiction has been published and won awards in Australia, the United Kingdom and Ireland. Her work has been awarded and shortlisted in the Bridport Prize, Carmel Bird Award, E J Brady Award, Bristol Prize, Bath Flash Fiction Award, Fish Short Story Prize, Aeon Award, Flash 500 Award, and others. She is a recipient of a Queensland Writers Fellowship. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Queensland. Her short story collection, This Taste for Silence (UQP, 2019), was shortlisted for the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction (2019). She lives in Brisbane.

www.amandaocallaghan.com

Jay Carmichael - NSSA 2021 Judge

Competition judge, Jay Carmichael

 had his first novel, Ironbark, shortlisted for both the Victorian Premier’s Award for Fiction in 2019 and the Victorian Premier’s Award for an Unpublished Manuscript in 2016. His writing has been published by beyondblue and appeared widely in print and online, including in OverlandThe GuardianSBS, and The Telling Tree project.

Prizes
1st Prize

$3000

donated by

School of Humanities and Social Science 

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2nd Prize

$1500

donated by

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3rd Prize

$1000

donated by

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Kotara*

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$500

Highly Commended Award

Officeworks logo$250 prize pack: latest Kindle, microphone and headphones

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$200

Commended Award

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$100 Booktopia Voucher

Commended Award

Local Awards

Macquariedale organic wines logo

$250 wine voucher

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A 6 pack of Varietal Pepper Tree Wines plus a voucher (valued at $120) to The Vault for a ‘Best of Four Worlds’ Tasting for 4 people.

Tamburlaine winery logoA case of wine

Tulloch Wines logo

$100 Cellar Door Voucher