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the 2016 rachel funari prize for fiction: the shortlist

rachel funari prize for fiction

We are beyond thrilled to officially announce, in no particular order, the shortlist for the 2016 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction.

Dive Sophie Overett
The Enigma of Desire – Victoria McGlynn
Muscle Town – Cheryl Billman
Premium Brand – Susi Fox
The Tallest Girl in the World – Laura McPhee-Browne
The Other Girl – Robyn Osborne
Pavement Artist – Fran Collings
La Otra – Laura Elvery
An Unexpected Season – Dorothy-Jane Daniels
The Song of BonesFay Lee
Mother of Invention Jude Bridge
One Hundred and Fifty SecondsKaty Warner

The winners of the 2016 Prize will be announced at The Wheeler Centre as part of the Emerging Writers’ Festival’s ‘A Room of One’s Own’ event on Friday 17th June, 2016.

For more information about the event, please click here.

The 2016 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction is judged by Lip’s chief editors as well as our panel of esteemed judges:

Eliza Henry-Jones’ debut novel In the Quiet was published in 2015 as part of a three-book deal with HarperCollins Australia. In the Quiet has been shortlisted for the 2015 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction and longlisted for the 2016 Indie Book Awards. Eliza’s fiction has been published widely, appearing in publications such as Southerly, Island and Award Winning Australian Writing. Her second novel is due out later this year. She lives on a little farm in the hills outside of Melbourne.

Abigail Ulman is a writer from Melbourne. Her short story collection, Hot Little Hands, was published by Penguin in 2015 to critical acclaim. The book has been shortlisted for the Readings New Australian Writing Award, the Melbourne Prize for Literature, and the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature, and will be released overseas in 2016.

Emily Bitto lives in Melbourne. She has a Masters in Literary Studies and a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne. Her writing has appeared in various publications, including Meanjin, Heat, Harvest, The Sydney Morning Herald and the Australian Literary Review. Her debut novel The Strays was shortlisted for The Indie Book Award for Debut Fiction, longlisted for the Dobbie Literary Award for a first-time published author and won The Stella Prize. The manuscript of The Strays was also shortlisted for the 2013 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript. Emily is an obsessive reader, music fan, cook and dog-carer (having fostered 11 rescue dogs in one year). She owns and runs a successful bar in Carlton, Heartattack and Vine.

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