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Furphy Literary Award 2021 shortlists announced

The shortlists for this year’s Furphy Literary Award has been announced.

The shortlisted stories and writers in the open category are:

  • ‘in vitro’ by Christine Fontana
  • ‘Oranges’ by Thomas Alan
  • ‘The Outsider’ by Deborah May
  • ‘Songline’ by Bill Reed
  • ‘Speck’ by Alida Galati
  • ‘No Good Deed’ by Andrew Roff
  • ‘Six Pairs of Shoes’ by Verity Borthwick
  • ‘Holden’ by Michelle Prak
  • ‘Boy’ by Keren Heenan
  • ‘When Something Heavy Comes In’ by Christian Fennell
  • ‘The World is Yours Author’ by Paul Drewitt.

The winner of the open category receives $15,000, making the award the richest prize for a short story in Australia. The shortlists for the junior, youth and youth poetry categories, which have a total prize pool of $1800, were also announced.

Originally established in 1993 as the Joseph Furphy Commemorative Literary Prize, which was open to Goulburn Valley residents, the award was relaunched as a national prize in 2020. This year’s judges are journalist and author John Harms, playwright Marg Hickey, crime novelist John Kerr, journalist and writer Thornton McCamish, and novelist Anson Cameron, who is a relative of Joseph Furphy.

The awards presentation, which was originally scheduled for 24 July, has been postponed due to Victoria’s Covid-19 lockdown, with a new date to be confirmed. To see the full shortlists, visit the Furphy website.


Category: Local news