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Furphy Literary Award 2022 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2022 Furphy Literary Award has been announced.

The winner of the short story competition receives $15,000, making the award one of the richest prizes for a short story in Australia. The shortlisted stories and writers in the open category are:

  • ‘All the Way Through’ by Thomas Alan
  • ‘Sunshine’ by Daniel Alwan
  • ‘00:00’ by Isabella Ballestrin
  • ‘Breadcrumbs’ by Craig Billingham
  • ‘Bat On A Wire’ by Dean Croxon
  • ‘The Flood’ by Marian Edmunds
  • ‘Hardly David’ by Janet Fuller
  • ‘A Brush Turkey’s Guide to Life’ by Christine Jackman
  • ‘Art and Life’ by Cate Kennedy
  • ‘Fake Plants’ by Scott Limbrick
  • ‘Pause, remember?’ by Magdalena McGuire
  • ‘Protection’ by Deborah May
  • ‘The Game’ by Lisa Moule
  • ‘Moon Standing’ by Sue Osborne
  • ‘Leaving’ by Kym Tyzack
  • ‘Winter is for Regret’ by Natalie Vella.

The winner of the open category will also be invited to participate in a residency program in Shepparton. Second and third place receive cash prizes of $3000 and $2000 respectively, while the 16 shortlisted entries will be published in the forthcoming 2022 Furphy Anthology.

Over 600 entries were received for this year’s awards, with each submission of no more than 5000 words based on the theme ‘Australian life—in all its diversity’. The 2022 shortlist was chosen from a longlist of 45 by writers Anson Cameron, John Harms, Margaret Hickey, John Kerr, Thornton McCamish and Tara June Winch.

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 and is administered by the Furphy family in Victoria. The 2021 winning story in the open category was ‘Oranges’ by Thomas Alan, who is also shortlisted for this year’s prize.

The winner of the 2022 award will be announced at a livestreamed event at Shepperton Art Museum on Saturday, 23 August. For information, see the Furphy website.


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