Shortlisted Overland Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize


My story, ‘K-K-K’, has been shortlisted for the inaugural Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize with Overland Literary Journal. Delighted is an understatement!




Named after the late Neilma Gantner, this prize seeks excellent short fiction of up to 3000 words themed around the notion of ‘travel’. With support from the Malcolm Robertson Foundation, the competition awards a first place of $4000 and two runner-up prizes of $500. The winning story is published in Overland’s first edition of 2016 (available after the Easter break), with the two runners-up published as part of the edition online.

new MRF logo-2015The three judges for the first year of the competition – Alice Pung, Ellen van Neerven and Stephanie Convery – have now finished their blind judging and deliberation, and decided on a shortlist of eight outstanding stories with varying approaches to the theme.


Selfie – Overland – K-K-K

A story about states of placenessness. #ForSyria

Lauren Foley is Irish, and newly Australian. Her short story, ‘Squiggly Arse Crack’, appeared in the 2014 Margaret River Press Anthology. She was shortlisted for the Overland Story Wine Prize, and Over the Edge New Writer of the Year Award, 2015. She has been awarded a 2016 Varuna Residential Writer’s Fellowship.

Congratulations to all other shortlistees.

Results in late March … Eeeek!

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