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the 2019 liminal Fiction prize

The Liminal Fiction Prize is a new literary prize for Australian Writers of Colour. With a theme of ‘the future’, we’re looking for fiction of a new world: not the stuff of flying cars or robots, but a future that pulls against or weaves together Australia’s many fabricated histories.

Australia is a nation that forgets. It forgets 60,000+ years of continuous culture; newspapers that once claimed ‘The Chinese’ brought ‘Vice and Vegetables’ (1891). Australia forgets that our first two prime ministers supported the White Australia Policy, and asks us to forget people caged in an offshore solution.

The Liminal Fiction Prize insists against amnesia. With this prize, we seek to promote fiction by writers whose voices are often ignored or elided— for the future of Australian fiction is here.

PRIZES
First prize of $2500 + publication in The Lifted Brow magazine
Runner up will receive $500  
And all shortlisted pieces will be published in an anthology by Brow Books.

JUDGES
Evelyn Araluen, Julie Koh & Brian Castro


Submit to the Liminal Fiction Prize

Guidelines

DEADLINE
April 1, 2019

THEME
The Future. This can be what you’d like it to be: we’re just looking for good short fiction that takes the future as its theme, regardless of whether you stare at it head on, or just out the corner of your eye. To quote our pals at Voiceworks, themed work is good, good work is better, and good themed work is best.

WORD LIMIT
1000—5000 words.

COVER SHEET
Please include a cover sheet on the first page of your submission. This must include:

  • Your name, your email, and phone number.

  • The title of your submission.

  • A bio, including a short publication history, website and social media handles.

  • A statement of positionality. We recognise the emotional toll for POC that often comes from having to 'prove' your identity, but for this prize, it is an unfortunate necessity.

FICTION
The fiction submission must follow the cover sheet within the same document. As the Liminal Fiction Prize will be judged blindly, please only include your name on the cover sheet, and not in the text of your fiction submission.

FORMATTING
Word Document. 12pt, Times New Roman, 1.5 spacing.

ELIGIBILITY
Entries are welcome from writers who identify as a ‘Person of Colour’, who live in, or are citizens of, Australia. There is no age limit. We’re keen to read short fiction from writers we know and love, and writers we’ve never met. We want to hear from established authors, and from writers who have never been published.

To enter, email your submission to liminalfictionprize@gmail.com
by 11:59PM, 1 April 2019.

Good luck!


The inaugural Liminal Fiction Prize is supported by

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