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White wins 2020 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction

Emily White has won the 2020 Lip magazine Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction for their short story ‘Swampy’.

‘The unique and immediately engaging archival formatting of this story effortlessly, humorously and poignantly carries the narrative and social critiques of sexism, transphobia and intersexism,’ the judges said of White’s story. ‘This piece is, quite frankly, extraordinary.’

White receives $1000, 12-month memberships to Writers Victoria and Kill Your Darlings, and a collection of books courtesy of the prize’s sponsors. ‘Swampy’ will be published on the Lip website alongside Vicky Daddo’s story ‘Baby Season’, which was awarded second place, and Maude Davey’s story ‘Touch Starve’, which was awarded third place. Hollen Singleton’s story ‘Earth House’ was highly commended.

The winners were chosen from a shortlist of 12 by Lip‘s editorial team as well as writers Rae White, Eleni Hale and Jennifer Down. Now in its eighth year, the prize is held in honour of Lip‘s late founding editor Rachel Funari in recognition of her contribution to the arts, and is open to all female-identifying and non-binary writers.


Category: Awards