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Spencer wins 2018 Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award for ‘The Age of Fibs’

Sydney-based writer Beth Spencer has won the 2018 Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award for her short-story collection The Age of Fibs.

Author and prize judge Carmel Bird described The Age of Fibs as ‘an exciting collection that combines compelling and moving text with strong storytelling, memoir and nonfiction as well as fiction’.

Two finalists were also announced: Ashley Kalagian Blunt for her novella-length reflective essay My Name Is Revenge and William Lane for his short-story collection Small Forest.

Spencer receives $3000 in prize money, and Blunt and Lane both receive $1000 each. All three works have been published as ebooks by short fiction publisher Spineless Wonders.

Eleven longlisted submissions in this year’s award are currently being showcased by State Library Victoria (SLV) via the online publishing platform Tablo. Visitors to the library’s Tablo page are invited to read and respond to an extract from each submission.

Launched in 2017, the Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award is an annual competition that showcases new works of short fiction up to 30,000 words in length from Australian writers. It is run by Spineless Wonders, in conjunction with Tablo and SLV, and supported by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.

 

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