2016 Short List

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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Double in Ourselves                           Stephen Williams

Lighthouse                                           Cecilia Morris

My Hands                                             Taylor-Jayne Wilkshire

The Magpie Game                               Wayne Marshall

Getting It                                               Catherine Wright

Some Others


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The short list is currently being read by philosopher and teacher Christopher Cordner, and by poet, screenwriter, novelist and playwright, Nick Drake. Is there an indicative date for a final announcement? We would rather pleasantly surprise you!

Christopher Cordner is Associate Professor in Philosophy at the University of Melbourne. His main area of interest is moral philosophy, including its Greek and Christian tributaries, and its overlap with aesthetics. Cordner has written and taught extensively on the ‘literary’ qualities of philosophy, the relation between literature and philosophy, and how continuity between the two may imaginatively open our selves to dimensions of our lived experience. Outside the Academy, he was member of the Australian Health Ethics Committee for nine years until 2007. He is currently writing a book called Simple Goodness.

Nick Drake wrote the screenplay for the film version of Romulus, My Father, released in Australia in 2007. The film went on to win four Australian Film Awards, including Best Film. Drake has also adapted Anna Funder’s Stasiland for the stage. He has worked collaboratively in a variety of settings – including with the National Theatre (London), United Visual Artists in the Arctic Circle, and the English National Opera company – producing screenplays, stage and film writing, alongside his poetry collections. Drake’s trilogy of crime novels is currently being adapted for TV by Mammoth Screen.