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The Rachel Funari Prize For Fiction 2020

rachel funari prize for fiction

Entries for the 2020 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction are now closed. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted in the coming weeks, and an announcement made on our website and socials. Stay tuned!

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Now in its eighth year, the 2020 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction is accepting entries of creative, insightful fiction up to 2000 words that engage with the theme FUTURE.

The competition is open to all women 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All entries must be original, previously unpublished and unperformed.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.

Winner of the 2019 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction, Jane O’Sullivan, said:

“It’s something special to know your work will be read and seriously considered by the judges, even if you’re only starting out. Winning the Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction has been a huge turning point for me, giving me both the confidence and support to keep writing. The prize is well supported by publishers and the wider community and it’s a fantastic opportunity for female-identifying and non-binary writers. I’m so proud to be a part of it and Rachel Funari’s legacy.”

You can read Jane’s winning story, Limpet Teeth, here

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All entries must be:

  1. Original pieces of writing, up to 2000 words that engage with the theme
  2. Previously unpublished, unperformed, and not currently entered into any other competition
  3. Written by Australian residents
  4. Written by women or non-binary writers
  5. Received via email ([email protected]) between Monday 2nd March 2020 and 5pm Friday 17th April 2020

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The Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction 2020 will be judged by Lip’s editors, as well as our panel of esteemed judges: Rae White, Eleni Hale and Jennifer Down.

Rae White is a non-binary transgender poet, writer and zinester. Their poetry collection Milk Teeth (University of Queensland Press) won 2017 Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize and was shortlisted for 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry. Rae’s short story ‘The Body Remembers’ won Second Prize in 2019 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction. Their poem ‘what even r u?’ placed second in 2017 Judith Wright Poetry Prize. Their poetry has been published in Australian Poetry Journal, Cordite Poetry Review, Meanjin Quarterly, Overland, Rabbit and others. Rae is the editor of #EnbyLife, a journal for non-binary and gender diverse creatives. 

Jennifer Down is the author of Our Magic Hour (2016) and Pulse Points (2017), both available via Text Publishing. She was named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist consecutively in 2017 and 2018. She is currently at work on a new novel.

Eleni Hale’s debut, Stone Girl, was published through Penguin Random House (May, 2018). It has received accolades including winner Readings Book Prize YA, shortlisting for the NSW Premier’s Ethel Turner Prize and longlisted for the Davitt Crime Awards. It tells the story of one girl’s journey through institutional care. Eleni was previously a reporter at the Herald Sun, a communications strategist and has written for many print and online news publications. Her short story Fig was published as part of the ABC’s ‘In their Branches’ project and she has received three Varuna awards. She lives in Melbourne and is currently working on her second book.

The judges of the 2020 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction: (L-R) Rae White, Jennifer Down and Eleni Hale

This year’s prize is proudly supported by Affirm Press, Pan Macmillan Australia, Fremantle Press, Kill Your Darlings, Scribe Publications, Writers Victoria, Writing NSW and the Emerging Writers’ Festival.

The winners of the 2020 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction will be announced during the Emerging Writers’ Festival in June.

FIRST PLACE

  • $1000 cash prize
  • A 12-month digital membership to Kill Your Darlings
  • A book pack courtesy of Affirm Press, Pan Macmillan Australia, Fremantle Press and Scribe Publications
  • Publication on our website

     

SECOND PLACE

  • $500 cash prize
  • A 12-month digital membership to Kill Your Darlings
  • A book pack courtesy of Affirm Press, Pan Macmillan Australia, Fremantle Press and Scribe Publications
  • Publication on our website

     

THIRD PLACE

  • $250 cash prize
  • A 12-month digital membership to Kill Your Darlings
  • A book pack courtesy of Affirm Press, Pan Macmillan Australia, Fremantle Press and Scribe Publications
  • Publication on our website

     

BEST ENTRY FROM A VICTORIAN RESIDENT

  • A 12-month membership to Writers Victoria

     

BEST ENTRY FROM A NSW RESIDENT

  • A 12-month membership to Writing NSW

     

The sponsors and supporters of the 2020 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction (L-R: Lip, Scribe Publications, Pan Macmillan Australia, Writing NSW, Emerging Writers’ Festival, Writers Victoria, Kill Your Darlings, Fremantle Press, Affirm Press)

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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 [email protected] (Visit our Store to do this.)

Direct Debit Details:

Acct name: Lip Magazine
BSB: 033067
Act No: 270604
+ please send us a copy of the receipt to [email protected]

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 [email protected] with the subject line ‘Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction 2020 entry’. The file name of the Word document should be 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. Lip assumes First Rights to publish the work online and/or in print. Copyright will remain with the author.

– 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.

 Good luck!

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About the Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction

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

Writers are invited to submit previously unpublished and unperformed pieces of short fiction up to 2000 words that engage with the theme.

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