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the 2017 rachel funari prize for fiction: the shortlist

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We are thrilled to announce the shortlist of the 2017 Rachel Funari Prize For Fiction. Thank you to each and every one of you who entered – the sheer volume of entries this year was unprecedented – and we extend our congratulations to all shortlisted entrants.

Aftermath­Alice Bishop
Burning Day – Kristin Meachem
CrackZoë Bradley
Mammal – Emily O’Grady
Naming Rights – Elizabeth Flux
Pools 2007 – Alexandra Philp
Rebirth – Jacqueline Trott
Suffering is Universal – Jean Flynn
Teeth – Annie Zhang
The Echo of Sound – Mandy Beaumont
The Glass Half – Emily Clements
The Nest – Kerrin O’Sullivan

The winners of the 2017 Prize will be announced at The Wheeler Centre as part of the Emerging Writers’ Festival’s  Short Story Masterclass  on Tuesday 20th June, 2017.

For more information about the event, please click here.

The 2017 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction is judged by Lip’s editors as well as our panel of esteemed judges.

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.
Say hello:

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.

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