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the 2019 rachel funari prize for fiction: the shortlist

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The Lip Team is thrilled to announce the shortlist of the 2019 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction.

A huge thank you to everyone who sent us their stories – you made our job tough this year! We extend our congratulations to all shortlisted entrants.

Inheritance Elizabeth Flux
How to Cook Pho – Emily Dang
The Body Remembers – Rae White
Three China Cups – AZ Pascoe
The Coop – Kerrin O’Sullivan
For Heaven’s Sake – Catherine McGraffin
Stardust – Jennifer Hao
Lost Things in the Sea
– Emma Hollis
Malta – Laura Elizabeth Woollett
Limpet Teeth – Jane O’Sullivan

The winners of the 2019 Prize will be announced at as part of the Emerging Writers’ Festival’s ‘Amazing Babes’ on Tuesday 25th June, 2019.

For more information about the event, please click here.

The 2019 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction is judged by Lip’s editors as well as our panel of esteemed judges.

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 incredible sponsors and supporters of the 2019 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction.

The incredible sponsors and supporters of the 2019 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction.

Background Information

This year marks the Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction’s seventh year. Writers were invited to submit previously unpublished and unperformed fiction up to 2000 words that engaged with the theme ‘fragments’. The competition was open to all women, female-identifying and non-binary writers.

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

 

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