1. Submissions must be in English and be the original work of entrants. The author must be living. No alterations can be made to a submission once received.

2. Submissions must be unpublished (excluding personal blogs or websites), must not have won any other competition, and must not be under consideration by any publisher, literary journal or for any other prize for the duration of the competition.

3. Entrants must be citizens or residents of Australia. Any international student currently studying at an Australian institution may also apply.

4. Entrants’ names must not appear on any page of the work, but only on the entry form.

5. Each submission must be accompanied by an entry form and entry fee. The form must be complete. Multiple submissions are permitted. Separate entry forms are not required for each entry. The entry fee should accurately reflect the number of submissions. Multiple submissions may be paid for with one cheque, money order or EFT.

6. Entrants must sign the declaration on the entry form to be eligible.

7. Submissions should be on typed on A4 pages, font size 11 or 12. Pages should be numbered and the title of the submission should appear on each page. Hard copies should be printed single side only.

8. Submissions must comply with their nominated category guidelines, including word count (a maximum of 3000 words or 40 lines of poetry). The word count does not include bibliographical references that are listed at the end of an entry, or any bibliographical footnotes. Footnotes themselves are not typically included in the word count, providing the overall length of the footnotes combined is kept within 10% of the 3000 word limit. The rule and practice with footnotes is to keep them ‘within reason’ therefore.

9. Submissions may be made electronically and emailed to, or in hardcopy and mailed to Yana Canteloupe, SHAPS, Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC, 3010. Mailed submissions will not be returned. Acknowledgement of receipt of submissions will only be given if a SAE marked ‘Acknowledgement’ is enclosed.

10. a) The prize is open for submissions to the Open and Baringhup categories from September 1st 2016 to November 15th 2016. The prize is open for submissions to the Youth category from November 1st 2016 to March 17th 2017.

10. b) Submissions must be postmarked on or before the respective closing date for the relevant category, and be complete with entry form and correct copies of submission(s). Any submission for which the fee has not been received by close of business on the respective closing date for its category, or are incomplete, will be ineligible for entry.

11. If entrants withdraw their submission, the entry fee will not be refunded. Incomplete entries will not be processed.

12. The judges reserve the right not to award the prize should none of the submissions fulfill prize requirements, including but not limited to where the submissions are not deemed to be of sufficient merit.

13. Copyright will remain with the author. notJack Writers’ Prize reserves the right to quote extracts from submissions, but not to exceed ‘fair dealing’ provisions of the Copyright Act, in order to promote the notJack Writers’ Prize. This is separate from the licence entrants grant notJack Writers’ Prize to reproduce short and long listed submissions in full in any prize anthology subsequently published.

14. The short and long listed submissions will be announced within eight to twelve weeks of a category closing. Results will be published on the notJack Writers’ Prize website and may be published in external publications including newspapers, magazines etc. Successful entrants may be requested to provide a biography and photograph and take part in any subsequent publicity surrounding the prize.

15. The short and long listed entrants will be notified individually by email.

16. The short and long listed entrants are responsible for any expenses incurred in attending a masterclass. Masterclasses are expected to take place in or around Melbourne and Sydney, but the actual location may be influenced by the home cities of the short-listed entrants.

17. The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence about the result will be entered into. Organisers of the Writers’ Prize reserve the right to change the judge(s) and/or the right not to award the prize.