Overland is on the hunt for new literary voices with submissions for their Emerging Writers Short Story prize closing at the end of August. With a first prize of $6000 and two runners-up prizes of $1000, it’s a fabulous opportunity for any emerging writer.

Details and competition guidelines are available now on the Overland website, but if you’re wondering if you qualify as “Emerging” here’s the definition being used by the contest:

The prize is for new and emerging writers. Entrants are eligible only if they have not, by the close of the competition, published a single-authored print book (in any genre or form) via a commercial publisher with effective national distribution – that is, distribution in all states. Writers who have published in multi-authored works, in self-published books or in exclusively electronic form are still eligible.

The competition accepts stories up to 3,000 words in length and will by judged a team that includes Overland’s fiction editor, Jennifer Mills; Victoria University Creative Writing lecturer Enza Gandolfo; and Overland editors Jeff Sparrow and Jacinda Woodhead.

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