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Magnuson Smith wins 2015 ‘ABR’ Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

UK-US author Rob Magnuson Smith has won the 2015 Australian Book Review (ABR) Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize for his story ‘The Elector of Nossnearly’.

Smith, who is the author of two novels, The Gravedigger (University of New Orleans Publishing) and Scorper (Granta), was presented with the $5000 prize at an event at the Brisbane Writers Festival on 4 September. Smith’s story was chosen from a shortlist that also included Michelle Cahill’s ‘Borges and I’ and Harriet McKnight’s ‘Crest’.

The three winning stories are published in the October issue of ABR.

The ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize is presented annually to short stories of between 2000 and 5000 words, and since 2014 has been open to international as well as Australian writers. In 2014, the prize was presented to Jennifer Down.

For more information about the prize, visit the ABR website here.


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