2016 Short List Announcement

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notJack is grateful to report that the judging process for the 2016 short list has concluded.

The Advisory Panel members were provided with seven equally ranked entries, yet no single entry received a double vote from the members. A decision on a particular entry could not be equitably reached, and so the prize will not be awarded for the 2016 round. The decision not to award the prize rests solely with the Panel. The money itself will be held over for the 2017 prize round.

While this process has taken considerable time to resolve, this reflects a genuine attempt to reconcile the various recommendations – even while that attempt ultimately proved not feasible.

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Due acknowledgements and congratulations go to the following seven entries (in random order) for making the 2016 short list:

Double in Ourselves (Stephen Williams) 

Lighthouse (Cecilia Morris)

My Hands (Taylor-Jayne Wilkshire)

The Magpie Game (Wayne Marshall)

Getting It, Some Others, They (Catherine Wright)

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From the sizeable collection of poems, plays, dialogues, short stories, vignettes, fictocriticism, narrative discursive and reflective essays, notJack is pleased to announce the long-list for the 2016 Open and Baringhup categories, and congratulates the following entrants:

Rachel Cameron              Endless Summer

Virginia O’Keeffe             A Summer Tale

Jared Chinnery                 Stalag 324

John McGlade                   Daffodils

Taylor-Jayne Wilkshire    My Hands, For Expectations

Richard James Allen       Central Dreaming

Stephen Williams            Double in Ourselves

Karen Lethlean                 Assistance Dog

Julie Twohig                      The Bright Star

Cecilia Morris                   Don’t Go Home, Lighthouse

Judith Bridge                    Queen of the Park

Lisa Lang                           Running out of Light

Wayne Marshall               The Magpie Game

Myfanwy Appleton          Alice

Andrea Baldwin                Intertidal

Christine Kuchowsky      When You Open Your Eyes

Dougal Patey                     Fate

Catherine Wright            They, Design, The Prawn, The                                                            Amazign, Streets of Fes, Getting                                                         It, Some Others

Note that the Baringhup category was read as part of the Open category due to low entry numbers, and all Baringhup long-listed entrants are accordingly eligible for the cash prize.

Judging Update

Judging is underway.

One outstanding entrant is selected from the long list for the $5000 cash prize. A result will be posted no sooner than Janaury 31st 2017, and as best suits our wonder-folk volunteer judges.

As is traditional, notJack’s judges are representative of all stages and angles of the writing process, providing a rounded assessment in selecting a single entry of outstanding quality.

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Literary Agent Representative

Angus Tonkin is a freelance writer, editor and proofreader, and hails from Creswick, Victoria. He reviews regularly for Film Blerg, contributes to Australian Book Review, The Roar sports journalism, and Text Publishing blogging. He has held editorial positions for Emerge Inc journal, Executive Media and Macau Daily Times, in addition to interning at Affirm Press and Text Publishing. Tonkin holds a B.A in Linguistics, Media and Communications, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Editing and Communications), from the University of Melbourne.

Independent Author Representative

Eli Glasman’s debut novel, The Boy’s Own Manual to Being a Proper Jew (Sleepers Publishing), presents the life of a homosexual boy in the Melbourne orthodox Jewish community. Glasman began writing at an early age and continued the practice throughout his schooling. At seventeen, he decided that orthodox Jewish life wasn’t for him, and completed a B.A with Honours in creative writing at the University of Melbourne. Glasman combines writing with teaching through Writers Victoria, where he focuses on YA fiction and crafting authentic character. His short fiction has appeared in Voiceworks and Sleepers Almanac. In 2013 he was placed second in the Josephine Ulrick short story competition.