The notJack Writers’ Prize supports Australian writers in their creative engagement with place. Bush, country, coast, the countryside, land, property, suburbia – all these and more figure prominently in Australian writing, in shaping the significance of place for individual writers and in turn, forming iconic literary landscapes that sustain the cultural and national identities of readers. 

The prize welcomes submissions from all genres – including prose, essay, flash fiction, short story, poetry, biography, memoir, plays, screenplay – in which place, and writing from place, figure prominently. The theme is not limited to actual places, or actual places in Australia, or limited to the specific examples provided here. ‘Place’ may be actual, figurative, metaphorical, historical, biographical… It may foreground, or intersect with, interests in lived experience, emotions, embodiment, history, politics, faith and so forth.

notJack values original and traditional interpretations alike and invites writers to repurpose, transform and imaginatively respond to the theme of place.

Open & Baringhup Categories open September 1st 2016 – November 15th 2016

Happy new year! notJack is thrilled and flattered to have received considerable interest in the 2016 round for the Open and Baringhup Categories. The long-listed entrants is announced. Judging is underway and a result expected no sooner than January 31st.

Please note that notJack is a one bird band this time of year. Replies to enquiries will take longer than usual.

Oh no! The 2017 Youth Category will not run this year. Apologies folks. notJack wants the best for the category and is taking the time to ensure this is realised. If you intended to enter Youth, and would value an update, then email notJack with your interest and you will receive notice of developments. 



12 replies on “Welcome

    1. Narelle,

      Thanks for your query. Head to the ‘Entry Form & Contact’ page of the website, and download the entry form. Submissions may be made by post or email. Entry fee may be paid by money order, cheque or EFT (the account details are included on the entry form). If you are not an online banking kind of writer, there may be the option to arrange pick up of cash.

      Hope to see you represented in the entries!


    1. An anthology has always been a consideration – it is most encouraging that you suggested it. It will depend upon the usual logistical considerations, but ideally notJack’s contributions to Australian discourse on place would extend beyond the individual submissions or masterclasses and be published also.


    1. Braidyn,

      There are three categories available to entrants: Youth, Open and Baringhup. You are welcome to enter as many for which you are eligible! See the ‘Prize Details’ page of the website for details on each category and eligibility. Thanks for your interest in notJack!


  1. Can the main character be an Australian but the short story setting (place ) be India and the character reflecting on her family and childhood here in Ausralia?


    1. Cheryl,

      Absolutely! Australians write about place in various senses, and from and about varied locations. The most important guideline to follow with your submission is that it shapes the significance of place for Australian writers (in this case, yourself I presume) and their readership. It is a deliberately generous guideline, but hopefully also provides you with some clarity. I look forward to seeing your entry cross notJack’s desk.


  2. Dear notjack,

    I have just read in The Midland Express about the prize being associated with the No to Moolart Chook campaign about which I feel strongly. I am so pleased you ar taking this on. I therefore wanted to check, in view of your comment above about it, whether I can still enter the competition even though it is past Nov 1st?


    1. Nola,

      It would be a pleasure to have you enter the notJack Writers’ Prize. The prize aims to be as accommodating as possible for entrants, and only learning of the prize today would otherwise put you in an impossible position to participate. Please email notJack to make arrangements or simply enter straightaway. The entry form and contact details are included on the same page of this website.


    1. Hello Devinda,

      There is no ‘must’ for the setting or the character. Likewise, there is no requirement to include a sense of belonging. The prize theme is ‘place’ and, while the prize exists to promote discourse about place of an especially Australian tenor, that does not entail that the writer must respond to place through a literal or actual Australian setting or character. Of course, what you have described sounds as if it would fulfil the expectations of the theme. But please do not consider yourself limited to it. What is most critical is that your entry shapes the significance of place for its author and/or readers. What makes something quintessentially Australian may be as simple as the fact that an Australian wrote it!

      That is quite a dense reply. Do ask again, if desired, about anything described above.
      Good luck with your entry.


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