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The Rachel Funari Prize For Fiction 2019

Entries for the 2019 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction have now CLOSED. 

Shortlisted entrants will be notified. Please keep an eye on our website for the official announcement.

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Now in its seventh year, the 2019 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction is accepting entries of creative, insightful fiction up to 2000 words that engage with the theme “fragments”.

The competition is open to all women, female-identifying and non-binary writers.

All entries must be original, previously unpublished and unperformed.

This prize is held in honour of Lip’s late founding editor, Rachel Funari, in recognition of her contribution to the arts.

Our 2018 winner, Liz Allan had this to say:

“Winning the Rachel Funari Prize in 2018 has had a huge impact on my writing development. In addition to the support I received from the competition’s judges and sponsors, Lip’s staff and the writing community, I was also lucky enough to make contact with a publisher, which has resulted in further publication and invaluable relationship-building and exposure. The Rachel Funari Prize is a generous and significant competition in the Australian literary community that performs the important work of supporting female, female-identifying and non-binary writers. The prize also honours the life and memory of Rachel Funari, feminist and founding editor of Lip. I encourage all eligible writers to submit their work and for the writing community to continue to support this invaluable prize.”

 

All entries must be:

  1. Original pieces of writing, up to 2000 words, that engage with the theme
  2. Previously unpublished, unperformed, and not entered into any other competition
  3. Written by Australian residents
  4. Written by women, female-identifying or non-binary writers


*** Entries Close 5pm Friday 19th April, 2019 ***

The Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction 2019 will be judged by Lip’s editors, as well as our panel of esteemed judges: Alison Evans, Danielle Binks and Melanie Joosten.

Alison Evans is the award-winning author of the YA books Highway Bodies and Ida, and is a contributor in the queer #loveozya anthology Kindred. They like to write about strange ideas and queer people. You find them on twitter as @_budgie and Instagram as @alisonwritesthings

Danielle Binks is a writer, reviewer, book blogger and Youth Literature Advocate. In 2015 she won second place in the Rachel Funari Prize for her piece Fota. The following year she joined literary agency, Jacinta di Mase Management, as an agent. In 2017, she edited and contributed to Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology, of new Australian young adult writing – inspired by the #LoveOzYA movement – and released by HarperCollins. Danielle is a graduate of RMIT’s Professional Writing & Editing program, and holds a Bachelor of Communications from Monash University.

Melanie Joosten is a writer and social worker who lives in Melbourne. She is author of the novels Berlin Syndrome and Gravity Well, and the nonfiction essay collection A Long Time Coming: Essays on Old Age. Melanie’s first novel, Berlin Syndrome (2011) saw her named as a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist and awarded the Kathleen Mitchell Award for Young Writers. Berlin Syndrome was released as a film in 2017. A Long Time Coming: Essays on Old Age was awarded the People’s Choice prize at the Nib Waverley Awards and named the Australasian Journal of Ageing Book of the Year.

The judges of the 2019 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction: (L-R) Danielle Binks, Alison Evans and Melanie Joosten.

The judges of the 2019 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction: (L-R) Danielle Binks, Alison Evans and Melanie Joosten.

This prize is proudly supported by Affirm Press, Black Inc., Echo Publishing, Scribe Publications, Fremantle Press, Writers’ Victoria, Kill Your Darlings and the Emerging Writers’ Festival. The winners of the 2019 Prize will be announced during the Emerging Writers’ Festival in June.

FIRST PLACE

  • $1000 cash prize
  • A 12-month membership to Kill Your Darlings
  • A “mixed bag” book pack courtesy of Affirm Press, Black Inc., Echo Publishing, Scribe Publications and Fremantle Press
  • Publication on our website

SECOND PLACE

  • $500 cash prize
  • A 12-month membership to Kill Your Darlings
  • A “mixed bag” book pack courtesy of Affirm Press, Black Inc., Echo Publishing, Scribe Publications and Fremantle Press
  • Publication on our website

THIRD PLACE

  • $250 cash prize
  • A 12-month membership to Kill Your Darlings
  • A “mixed bag” book pack courtesy of Affirm Press, Black Inc., Echo Publishing, Scribe Publications and Fremantle Press
  • Publication on our website

BEST VICTORIAN ENTRY  

  • VIC – A 12-month membership to Writers Victoria

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FAQs

How much does it cost to enter? How do I pay?

It costs $10 to enter. You can pay via PayPal or Direct Debit to Lip Magazine. (And if you choose Direct Debit, be sure to attach your transaction receipt to the entry email.)

Paypal: Pay to sales@lipmag.com (Visit our Store to do this.)

Direct Debit Details:

Acct name: Lip Magazine
Act No: 270604
BSB: 033067
+ please send us a copy of the receipt to competitions@lipmag.com

How many times can I enter?

One entry only per person will be accepted. Entries must be unpublished, unperformed, and not currently entered into any other competitions.

How do I enter?

Send your entry as a Word document attachment to competitions@lipmag.com with the subject line ‘Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction 2019 entry’. Your entry should be titled with the title of your story. *Please do not include your name or any contact details in the Word document*.  If you are paying via Direct Debit, your receipt should also be attached to this submission email.

By entering this competition, you are agreeing to the following conditions:

- Lip may publish your work and/or part of your work online and/or in print, should your entry win or place in the competition.

- Your entry follows the rules (stated above).

I write for Lip. Can I enter?

Entries will be judged blind, so yes, Lip writers can enter. Editorial staff are ineligible.

I’m an overseas writer. Can I enter?

The Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction is open to Australian residents only at this stage.