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Nakata Brophy Short Fiction and Poetry Prize for Young Indigenous Writers

Sponsored by Trinity College at the University of Melbourne and supporters, this prize, now in its fifth year, recognises the talent of young Indigenous writers across Australia. In 2021, the prize will be awarded to the best short story by an Indigenous writer who is 30 years or younger at the closing date of the competition.

The prize

First place is a $5000 prize, publication in Overland’s print magazine, and a writing residency (of up to three months) at Trinity College, the oldest student residence at the University of Melbourne. Two runner-up prizes of $500 may also be awarded.

Closing Date 18 November 2021.

The residency

The residency includes accommodation in a small flat near the campus and all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) can be eaten in Trinity’s dining hall. The flat is suitable for a single person or couple (children may be able to be accommodated, also). There will be opportunities to engage in campus and college life, to give workshops or talks, and the potential to receive writing mentorship (per negotiation with Trinity College and Overland).

About Trinity College

Trinity College is the oldest residential college at the University of Melbourne. It is home to over 300 residential students, including a number of Indigenous students. Trinity’s Indigenous programs have been developing since Sana Nakata and Lilly Brophy became the first Indigenous students to attend the College.

Previous winners

Read the previous winners: Jessica Hart (poetry); Marika Duczynski (fiction); Ellen van Neerven (poetry); Evelyn Araluen (fiction); Raelee Lancaster (poetry); Allanah Hunt (fiction); Grace Lucas-Pennington (poetry).

Judges

The 2021 judges are Maddee Clark and Adam Thompson.
Maddee Clark is a Yugambeh writer, editor, and curator. They have been published by OverlandArtlinkNext Wave, and NITV and are one of Un Magazine‘s co-editors from 2018 to 2019. Maddee has a Ph.D from University of Melbourne on Indigenous Futurism and race, and has taught and consulted across the university’s Bachelor of Arts (Extended) program for Indigenous students.

Adam Thompson is an emerging Aboriginal (pakana) writer from Tasmania, who writes contemporary short fiction. In 2016–17, Adam received writing awards through the Tamar Valley Writers Festival and the Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival. Adam has been awarded a First Nations Fellowship at Varuna – The Writers House, several Arts Tasmania grants, and was one of ten recipients of The Next Chapter initiative through the Wheeler Centre. His debut collection Born Into This was shortlisted for the USQ Steele Rudd Award for a Short Story Collection and the 2021 Age Book of the Year Award.

Entry conditions

  1. The prize is open to Indigenous writers who are 30 years or younger at the closing date of the competition.
  2. In 2021, the prize will be awarded to the best short story (up to 3,000 words in length).
  3. The work must be unpublished at the time of entry.
  4. The position of Writer-in-Residence at Trinity College is not compulsory and more details will be provided upon presentation of the prize.
  5. Entrants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia.
  6. Submission of work will be processed electronically and judged anonymously. The author’s name must not appear on the submitted document.
  7. The prize will be awarded at the judges’ discretion and they reserve the right to not select a winner.
  8. Second and third place prizes may be awarded at the judges’ discretion.

 Please follow this link to enter the prize