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The Rachel Funari Prize For Fiction

rachel funari prize for fiction

Entries for the 2021 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction have closed.

The Shortlist:
https://lipmag.com/arts/the-2021-rachel-funari-prize-for-fiction-the-shortlist/

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The 2021 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction is accepting entries of creative, insightful fiction up to 2000 words that engage with the theme HOMECOMING.

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All entries must be original, previously unpublished and unperformed.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 2020 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction, Emily White, said:

Winning the Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction gave me a massive confidence boost, and brought me a sense of legitimacy as a writer. It’s not always easy to know where you fit as a non-binary writer, so I really appreciated that this prize is so inclusive. 2020 may have killed my excitement for a lot of things, but I am excited to continue writing!

You can read Emily’s winning story, Swampy, here.

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 Previously unpublished, unperformed, and not currently entered into any other competition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 citizens or residents
  4. Written by women or non-binary writers
  5. Received via email ([email protected]) between Tuesday 2nd March 2021 and 6pm Friday 16th April 2021


*Entries are NOW OPEN and close 6pm Friday 16th April 2021*

The Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction 2021 will be judged by Lip’s editors, as well as our panel of esteemed judges: Adalya Nash Hussein, Vivian Pham and Nicola Redhouse.

Adalya Nash Hussein is a writer and editor. Her work has appeared in Voiceworks, The Lifted Brow, Ibis House, Meanjin and Going Down Swinging. She has been an Emerging Writers’ Festival Melbourne Recital Centre Writer in Residence, a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow, and shortlisted for the Scribe Nonfiction Prize. She is the editor of Voiceworks and a co-editor at Liminal.

Vivian Pham is a fiction writer, poet and aspiring folklorist. She is the Australian delegate of the International Congress of Youth Voices and her debut novel The Coconut Children was published by Penguin Random House in March 2020. Vivian is currently studying philosophy and creative writing at university.

Nicola Redhouse is the author of Unlike the Heart: a memoir of brain and mind (UQP). Her writing appears in The Monthly, the Age, Best Australian Stories and Meanjin among other places. She is currently writing a nonfiction book on isolation funded by the Australia Council and Creative Victoria. She has worked as a book editor for Australian publishers big and small for nearly two decades, and teaches creative writing sessionally at RMIT and the University of Melbourne, while currently undertaking a PhD by Practice Research Symposium (Creative Writing) at RMIT.

The judges of the 2021 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction: (L-R) Adalya Nash Hussein, Vivian Pham and Nicola Redhouse.

This year’s prize is proudly supported by Affirm Press, Pan Macmillan Australia, Fremantle Press, Scribe Publications, Aniko Press, Debut Books, Express Media, NewSouth Publishing, Queensland Writers Centre, and the Emerging Writers’ Festival.

The winners of the 2021 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction will be announced during the Emerging Writers’ Festival in June.

FIRST PLACE

  • $1000 cash prize
  • A book pack courtesy of Affirm Press, Pan Macmillan Australia, Fremantle Press, Scribe Publications, Aniko Press, Debut Books, Express Media and NewSouth Publishing
  • Publication on our website

SECOND PLACE

  • $500 cash prize
  • A book pack courtesy of Affirm Press, Pan Macmillan Australia, Fremantle Press, Scribe Publications, Aniko Press, Debut Books, Express Media and NewSouth Publishing
  • Publication on our website

THIRD PLACE

  • $250 cash prize
  • A book pack courtesy of Affirm Press, Pan Macmillan Australia, Fremantle Press, Scribe Publications, Aniko Press, Debut Books, Express Media and NewSouth Publishing Publication on our website

BEST ENTRY FROM A QUEENSLAND RESIDENT

  • A 12-month membership to the Queensland Writers Centre

The sponsors and supporters of the 2021 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction

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. Please 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
Act No: 270604
BSB: 033067
+ 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 ‘2021 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction entry’. The file name of the Word document should be the title of your story.

As entries are judged blind, please do not include your name or contact details within the Word document itself.

Your entry fee receipt should also be attached to the submission email.

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

  1. Your entry is an original piece of writing up to 2000 words that engages with the theme
  2. Your entry is previously unpublished, unperformed, and not currently entered into any other competition
  3. You are an Australian citizen or resident
  4. You are a woman or non-binary writer
  5. Your entry is received by us via email ([email protected]) by 6pm Friday 16th April 2021
  6. 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.)
  7. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

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 citizens and/or residents.

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.