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2021 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

Date: Mon May 3 2021 12:00 am to Mon May 3 2021 11:59 pm

Status: Open now

Entries close: Midnight, 3 May 2021

First prize: $AU6,000

Second prize: $AU4,000

Third prize: $AU2,500

Judges: Gregory Day, Melinda Harvey, and Elizabeth Tan


Entries are currently open for the 2021 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize. The Jolley Prize is worth a total of AU$12,500 – first place will receive $6,000, second place will receive $4,000, and third place will receive $2,500.

The Jolley Prize is open to all short story writers writing in English. We seek original short stories of between 2,000 and 5,000 words. 


Before entering

Please read our Frequently Asked Questions and Terms and Conditions.

If you need to contact us, and these documents don’t answer your query, please call (03) 9699 8822 or email abr@australianbookreview.com.au.


Previous winners

Subscribers to ABR can read previous prize-winning stories to the Jolley Prize. To read these stories, click here.

If you aren’t a subscriber, digital subscriptions begin at only $10 per month. Click here to become an ABR subscriber



This year’s Jolley Prize is judged by Gregory Day, Melinda Harvey, and Elizabeth Tan. For more information about the judges, click here.



Entries may be offered elsewhere during the judging of the Jolley Prize. If an entrant is longlisted and has their story offered elsewhere, the entrant will have 24 hours to decide if they wish to withdraw their story on offer elsewhere or from the Jolley Prize. Exclusivity is essential for longlisted stories to remain in contention for shortlisting.


Entry fees

Online entry (current ABR subscriber) – $15
Online entry (standard/non subscriber) – $25*

  • Non-subscribers will receive digital access to ABR free of charge for four months.


Special online entry + subscription bundles

Subsequent entries may be submitted at the subscriber rate

Online entry + digital ABR subscription – $65
Online entry + Print subscription (Australia) – $100
Online entry + Print subscription (NZ and Asia) – $190
Online entry + Print subscription (Rest of World) – $210

ABR gratefully acknowledges Ian Dickson’s generous support for the Jolley Prize.




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