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The Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize for New and Emerging Writers
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History

The Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize aims to discover the finest in original short fiction by Australian and New Zealand writers who have not yet published a book with commercial distribution. 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 winning stories are published in Overland magazine.  

Winners

2019 winner Water Bodies Joyce Chew , 2019 single work short story
— Appears in: Overland , Spring no. 236 2019;
2018 winner How to Disappear into Yourself (in 8 Steps) Katerina Gibson , 2018 single work short story
— Appears in: Overland , Spring no. 232 2018;

'You are: stiff lines, hard colours, corporate setting. Pleats ironed, turtle neck immaculate, hair pulled back. You are: an intern, savvy, eyes-bright, tail-bushed.' (Introduction)

2017 winner Breeding Season Amanda Niehaus , 2017 single work short story
— Appears in: Overland , Spring vol. 228 no. 2017; (p. 26-30)

'It's pre-dawn, all dark. Breeding season. Elise wakes just before her alarm goes off, skin sharp in the cold air. She tugs the blankets back across her body, curls her knees in and lets herself - for a moment - think of Dan asleep at home in Brisbane, long limbs spidered into all the corners of their bed. In her mind, she sits across from him and kiss-counts the freckles on his shoulder. On his nose. His beard tickles her chin. He exhales warm air through his damp gap mouth and he will never know it, how she runs her hand across his clavicle, sternum, ribs as he sleeps; how she traces the lines of his wrist and hip where the flesh is thinnest, where she might so easily push in.' (Introduction)

2017 winner Amanda Niehaus

for ‘Breeding Season’

2016 winner Broad Hatchet Julia Tulloh Harper , 2016 single work short story
— Appears in: Overland , Spring no. 224 2016; (p. 28-33) Award Winning Australian Writing 2017 2017; (p. 197-205)
2015 winner Their Cruel Routines Barry Lee Thompson , 2015 single work short story
— Appears in: Overland , Summer no. 221 2015; (p. 32-37)
2014 winner Dog Story Madelaine Lucas , 2014 single work short story
— Appears in: Overland , Summer no. 217 2014; (p. p24-29)
2013 winner Turncoat Jennifer Down , 2013 single work short story
— Appears in: Overland , Summer no. 213 2013; (p. 33-40) Award Winning Australian Writing 2014 2014; (p. 151-160) Pulse Points : Stories 2017; (p. 51-62)

'The afternoons when Murray got home first, he liked to take the dog for a walk down to the foreshore. In winter the fat palms shivered. Murray spent his days with trees. Naming them, measuring them, collecting the soil they stood up in. He lived in St Kilda for thirty-odd years, but sometimes the sour smells of rotting seaweed and dim sims and car fumes still surprised him. he had habit of sniffing his fingers to see if they still smelt of the forest at the end of the day. They never did, but sometimes his nails were still caked with soil.' (Introduction)

2012 winner Frank O'Hara's Animals Tara Cartland , 2012 single work short story
— Appears in: Overland , Summer no. 209 2012; (p. 40-44) Award Winning Australian Writing 2013 2013; (p. 303-309) The Best Australian Stories 2013 2013; (p. 68-74)
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