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The Rachel Funari Prize For Fiction 2017


Entries for the 2017 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction are now OPEN and close 5pm Friday 21st April, 2017.


The Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction is a themed fiction competition open to all women, female-identifying and non-binary writers.

The theme of our 2017 competition is ‘Rebirth’, with a focus on women’s stories. We’re looking for creative, insightful fiction up to 2000 words that addresses the theme in any way.

Rachel Funari, the namesake of the competition, was Lip’s founding editor. Tragically, Rachel went missing in 2011 while on holiday in Tasmania. We hold this prize in her honour because she was determined to better the lives and opportunities for young women.

Our 2016 winner, Katy Warner, had this to say:

“The annual Rachel Funari Prize, run by Lip, is an important, generous and relevant writing competition. The focus on women, female-identifying and non-binary writers makes it an all too rare opportunity to celebrate our voices, our words and our stories in a safe and supportive environment. I urge all women writers to enter this competition; the themes are challenging, the judges are well-respected and the writing vital. I was so fortunate to win the award in 2016 in front of a room full of emerging and established writers. The warmth and support of that room made me proud to be a part of this community. Both my confidence as a writer and my professional networks have grown considerably since winning the prize. It was also an important factor in being offered a contract with a publisher to write my debut novel. Words cannot express how grateful I am to Lip and the Rachel Funari Prize for providing this valuable platform for women writers.”

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 Previously unpublished, unperformed, and not entered into any other competition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 are open to Australian residents only and close 5pm Friday 21 April, 2017

The Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction 2017 will be judged by Lip’s editors, as well as our panel of esteemed judges: Sarah Kanake, Gabrielle Tozer and Lucy Adams.

Sarah Kanake holds a PhD in Creative Writing from QUT and is a lecturer at USC. Her first novel, Sing Fox to Me was published in early 2016. Sarah’s short fiction has been published in The Southerly, The Lifted Brow, Kill Your Darlings, Award Winning Australian Writing and the Review of Australian Fiction. She was recently shortlisted for the Overland Short Story Prize and won the QUT Postgraduate Writing Award in 2013. Sarah lives on the Sunshine Coast with her partner, daughter and two dogs. She is one half of the country music duo The Shiralee.

Gabrielle Tozer is the internationally published author of three YA novels: The Intern, which won the State Library of Victoria’s 2015 Gold Inky Award, Faking It and Remind Me How This Ends, which hits shelves in April this year.
Based in Sydney, Gabrielle loves sharing her passion for storytelling and creativity, and has appeared at festivals, schools and conferences around Australia. She has also been featured on Weekend Today, Triple J and ABC Radio, as well as in The Sydney Morning Herald, Dolly, Girlfriend, TV Week and Cosmopolitan.
Gabrielle’s first picture book, Peas and Quiet (illustrated by Sue deGennaro), is due for release in July, while her short story ‘The Feeling From Over Here’ (featured in Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology) is out on April 24. She’s currently writing her first middle-grade book and tinkering with another YA contemporary novel, which is why she hasn’t brushed her hair for a while.
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Lucy Adams is the editor of Voiceworks, Australia’s premier youth literary journal that features fiction, nonfiction, poetry, comics and art by people under the age of twenty-five. She has previously edited Express Media’s arts reviewing program Buzzcuts and produced podcasts for the Melbourne International Film Festival. She hails from Perth where she worked in neuroscience research and brain mapping.

2017 Rachel Prize Judges

The judges of the 2017 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction: (L-R) Sarah Kanake, Gabrielle Tozer and Lucy Adams

This prize is proudly supported by Books + Publishing, Emerging Writers’ Festival, Affirm Press, Scribe Publications, Wakefield Press, UNSWeetened Lit Journal, ARC @ UNSW and Writers Victoria.

The winners of the 2017 Prize will be announced during the Emerging Writers’ Festival in June.


  • $1500 cash prize
  • A 12 month online subscription to Books + Publishing
  • A “mixed bag” book pack courtesy of our sponsors Affirm Press, Scribe Publications, Wakefield Press and UNSWeetened Lit Journal
  • Publication on our website and in the next print edition of the magazine


  • $700 cash prize
  • A “mixed bag” book pack courtesy of our sponsors Affirm Press, Scribe Publications, Wakefield Press and UNSWeetened Lit Journal
  • Publication on our website and in the next print edition of the magazine


  • $400 cash prize
  • A “mixed bag” book pack courtesy of our sponsors Affirm Press, Scribe Publications, Wakefield Press and UNSWeetened Lit Journal
  • Publication on our website and in the next print edition of the magazine


  • A 12-month membership to Writers Victoria

2017 rachel prize logos

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 (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

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 attachments to with the subject line ‘competition entry’. Your entry should be titled with the title of your story. *Please do not put any of your 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. But 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.

Happy writing, Lipsters!