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Peter Carey Short Story Awards 2023

Date: Tue January 17 2023 8:30 am to Thu March 16 2023 5:00 pm

Moorabool Shire Libraries and local writers Jem Tyley-Miller and Wayne Marshall are proud to announce the 2023 Peter Carey Short Story Award. Born and raised in Bacchus Marsh, Peter Carey is arguably Australia’s greatest living writer. The author of fourteen critically acclaimed novels and four works of non-fiction, Carey has won the Miles Franklin three times, and the Man Booker twice. Early in his career Carey published two short story collections of rare and startling power—The Fat Man in History and War Crimes—both of which remain, forty years on, unrivalled in their mastery of the short story form. It seems only natural to name this award after one of Moorabool’s (and Australia’s) most gifted and imaginative storytellers.

The award is for short stories between 2000 – 3000 words, and is open to all Australian residents.

Longlisted entries in 2023 will be judged by Anne Casey-Hardy.


The winning entry receives $2000, while the runner-up wins $1000. First and second prized stories will also be published in the Spring 2023 issue of Meanjin. Both stories will receive Meanjin’s standard contributor fee for their work.

In 2023, we will also be presenting one outstanding entry with the Moorabool Shire Libraries’ Best Local Entry Award. Writers who enter the Peter Carey Short Story Award and who live, work or study in Moorabool Shire are eligible for consideration. The winning story will receive $500.


Submissions open Monday January 30 at 8.30am and close 6pm AEDT on Thursday March 16 2023. Entries will be accepted via online application only and will be judged blind, so please, no names on your work. The entry fee is $15 per story and you may enter as many times as you like. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know immediately if your piece has been accepted elsewhere. See our Terms & Conditions for further details.

The longlist will be posted on our website in May, while the winner and runner-up will be announced at an awards ceremony held at the Bacchus Marsh library on Saturday 3 June 2023 at 2pm.

Please note: The link to enter PCSSA 2023 will be made available on the Moorabool Shire website on January 30 2023 at 8.30am.

For more information and to enter (from January 30), visit the Moorabool Shire website here.

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