2018 Fair Australia Prize

The 2018 Fair Australia Prize – Australia’s only union-sponsored literary competition – is now open for entries. The prize invites writers of fiction, poetry and essays, as well as graphic artists, to be part of setting a new agenda for our future. The prize will award a total of $18,000 in prize money and publication in Overland magazine. Entry to the prize is free.

The theme of this year’s prize is: new collectives, old struggles. Entrants are encouraged to approach the theme in innovative and unexpected ways.

The Fair Australia Prize is made up of 5 × $3000 prizes and 3 × $1000 union-member prizes. There are prizes for:

  • fiction (up to 3000 words)
  • essays (up to 3000 words)
  • poetry (up to 88 lines)
  • cartoons or graphics (180 mm wide by 255 mm high)
  • the best overall entry by a migrant writer, artist or worker,* and
  • the three best member entries (for NUW, MEAA and NTEU members only); these $1000 prizes are awarded to member entries in any of the above categories

Presented by Overland magazine, the prize is supported by the National Union of Workers (NUW), the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA), the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) and the Migrant Workers Centre (MWC).

Winning entries will be published in a special Fair Australia edition of Overland, to be launched in Melbourne in early December.

The prize will close on 13 August 2018, at 11.59 pm AEST.

For further information, guidelines, and to submit entries, please visit the Overland website.

For enquiries, please contact Overland editor Jacinda Woodhead at [email protected] or on (03) 9919 4163.

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