2024 Furphy Literary Award (FLA)

Entries open until 30 April 2024  

The $15,000 Furphy Literary Award encourages Australian writers everywhere to ‘have a go’ and prepare their short story for this year’s competition. The winner a first prize of $15,000, residency at La Trobe University and pride of place in the Furphy Anthology 2024.

Now in its fifth year as a national competition, the Furphy Literary Award is judged by Anson Cameron, John Harms, Margaret Hickey, Stephanie Holt, John Kerr and Thornton McCamish.

Following the judging a shortlist is announced on June 30, and a gala winners award ceremony is held in late July in Shepparton, Victoria.

Last year there were more than 620 entries, all responding to the topic of Australian life in all its diversity. The Anthology is published in hardback format of the top 16 stories of the year.

The Furphy Literary Award is named in honour of Australian writer Joseph Furphy, who wrote the classic Such is Life in 1903 under the pen name Tom Collins.

In WW1 Australian soldiers congregated at the back of Furphy water carts, manufactured by Joseph’s brother John, to trade speculative and wild rumours and stories, which became known as ‘furphies’. Jointly honouring the author of Such is Life, and ‘the furphy’ that was born from water cart tales, the Furphy Literary Award promotes and extends the tradition of storytelling embedded in Australian life. 

Sam Furphy, a great, great, grand-nephew of Joseph Furphy and Co-Director of The Furphy Foundation which administers the Award, said, ‘What we’re noticing is that a community of writers and readers has developed around The Furphy Literary Award, and we’ll do our best to nurture that community.

‘We’re committed to providing opportunities to both emerging writers and established writers and we hope that, as the Anthology is more widely read, keen writers will have a crack. It costs nothing to enter.’

 Competition details

  • Theme: Australian life in all its diversity  
  • Maximum Length: 5,000 words  
  • Entry Deadline: April 30, 2024 
  • First Prize: $15,000, a La Trobe University Residency and publication in the 2024 Furphy Anthology 
  • Second Prize: $3,000 plus publication in the 2024 Furphy Anthology 
  • Third Prize: $2,000 plus publication in the 2024 Furphy Anthology 

For more information, please visit: https://www.furphystory.com.au/furphy-literary-award/open-short-story-competition/