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‘Overland’ Neilma Sidney Prize winners announced

The winner and runners-up for Overland’s second Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize for travel-themed short fiction have been announced.

Laura Elvery’s story ‘Unspooling’—about a woman ‘overwhelmed by a pair of tragedies’ who contemplates a new destination—was chosen from a shortlist of 13 to win the $4000 prize. The story will be published in Overland’s upcoming print edition.

The two runners-up are Joey Bui for ‘Hot days’ and Ursula Robinson-Shaw for ‘Psychosexual thriller’. They each receive $500 and publication in Overland online.

Judges Jennifer Mills, Ryan O’Neill and Nic Low said they were ‘pleased to see a broad range of entries, diverse in form and voice, and creative in their approach to the theme of travel’.

The Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize—supported by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation, and named after the late Neilma Gantner—is an award for short fiction of up to 3000 words, and is open to writers at any stage of their career. For more information, see the Overland website.


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