Almanac Writing: The Furphy Literary Award 2022 closes on April 30

 

 

 

 

 

The Furphy Literary Award 2022 closes on April 30. You still have time to get your entry in.

 

For more information regarding the competition, please visit: https://www.furphystory.com.au/furphy-literary-award/open-short-story-competition/

 

I encourage all Almanac writers to consider entering this prestigious national award. As playwright and author Marg Hickey said to me yesterday:

 

The Furphy Literary Award presents a wonderful opportunity to all writers whether they’re first-timers, emerging, or established in their careers. Free to enter, it is genuinely accessible and democratic.

 

And she should know!

 

 

Here’s some information about the award:

 

2022 FURPHY LITERARY AWARD (PRESS RELEASE)

 

Calling for short stories!

 

Named in honour of Australian writer Joseph Furphy, who wrote the classic Such is Life in 1903 under the pen name Tom Collins, the national Furphy Literary Award offers $20,000 in total prize money and publication in the annual Furphy Anthology.  Writers have until April 30, 2022 to enter their short story, of up to 5,000 words.

 

Two years since the Furphy Literary Award expanded to a national competition, it is going from strength to strength. Judges include novelist Anson Cameron, writer and publisher John Harms, playwright and author Margaret Hickey, writer and publisher John Kerr, journalist and author Thornton McCamish, and a new judge this year in Miles Franklin Literary Award winner Tara June Winch.

 

The Judges noted, “The Furphy Literary Award presents a wonderful opportunity to all writers whether they’re first-timers, emerging, or established in their careers. Free to enter, it is genuinely accessible and democratic.”

 

With over 500 stories submitted in 2021, all relating to the topic of life in Australia in all its diversity, the Furphy Literary Award first prize is an eye-watering $15,000 cash prize. The winner is also offered a residency at La Trobe University and pride of place in The Furphy Anthology 2022, a physical book which is professionally designed, printed and distributed nationally.

 

Sam Furphy, Co-Director of The Furphy Foundation, and great, great, great nephew of Joseph Furphy said, “To honour the life and times of Joseph Furphy in the most fitting way possible, we encourage Australian storytellers out there to submit a story with a focus on ‘Australian life in all its diversity’.”

 

“We are calling all writers to compete in this annual award for a prose work, either fiction or non-fiction, by a writer aged 18 years or more at the time of submission,” continued Sam.

 

In World War I Australian soldiers congregated at the back of Furphy water carts, manufactured by Joseph’s brother John, to trade speculative and wild rumours and stories, with the ingenious fabrications becoming known as ‘furphies’ from that time on. Jointly honouring the author of Such is Life, and ‘the furphy’ that was born from water cart tales, the 2022 Furphy Literary Award promotes and extends the tradition of storytelling that is embedded in Australian life.

 

The open competition runs from 1 February 2022 until 30 April 2022. Following the judging a shortlist will be revealed on June 30, and the grand finale when the winners will be announced at an award ceremony in late July 2022.

 

The Furphy Literary Award encourages Australian writers everywhere to ‘have a go’ and perhaps tell a furphy or two along the way.

 

For more information regarding the competition, please visit: https://www.furphystory.com.au/furphy-literary-award/open-short-story-competition/

 

 

Theme: Australian Life (in all its diversity)

 

Maximum Length: 5,000 words

 

First Prize: $15,000, a La Trobe University Residency and publication in the 2022 Furphy Anthology.

Second Prize: $3,000 plus publication in the 2022 Furphy Anthology

Third Prize: $2,000 plus publication in the 2022 Furphy Anthology

 

 

 

To discuss further, you can contact John Harms, here at   [email protected]

 

 

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About John Harms

JTH is a writer, publisher, speaker, historian. He is publisher and contributing editor of The Footy Almanac and footyalmanac.com.au. He has written columns and features for numerous publications. His books include Confessions of a Thirteenth Man, Memoirs of a Mug Punter, Loose Men Everywhere, Play On, The Pearl: Steve Renouf's Story and Life As I Know It (with Michelle Payne). He appears (appeared?) on ABCTV's Offsiders. He can be contacted [email protected] He is married to The Handicapper and has three school-age kids - Theo, Anna, Evie. He might not be the worst putter in the world but he's in the worst four. His ambition was to lunch for Australia but it clashed with his other ambition - to shoot his age.

Comments

  1. Stone Cold Steve Baker says

    I wonder how the judges would view a story about skinned tennis balls and Martina Navratilova?

  2. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Unfortunately Bakes only previously unpublished works are eligible

  3. roger lowrey says

    Love your droll observation Swish. RDL

  4. Get your stories in. Well worth a throw at the stumps.

  5. Thank you John I threw 2 in maybe a couple of wrongens regards Ben Innes (IB Gumnut)

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