Monash Prize

2015 winner
The Space Between – Justina Ashman (Flinders University)
2015 top placed Monash student
Drop Kick – Bonnie Sanders (Monash University)——————————————————————————————————————–

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Monash University in collaboration with the Emerging Writers’ Festival is proud to present the Monash Undergraduate Prize for Creative Writing, a prestigious prize for emerging literary voices.

Now in its fourth year, the Prize is a significant literary award for new and emerging writers, particularly as the winning entry will be published in literary journal, Kill Your DarlingsAfter a successful trans-Tasman expansion in 2014, this year the prize is again open to both Australian and New Zealand university students, enrolled in either an undergraduate or honours degree. All types of creative writing will be accepted, including short stories, non-fiction narrative and narrative verse.

Monash has been the long-term education partner of the Emerging Writers’ Festival, and the Prize strengthens both parties’ commitment to providing learning and career development opportunities for emerging literary voices.

First prize: $4000
Highest Place Monash University Student prize:

Winners will be announced on Tuesday 26 May at the opening night of the 2015 Emerging Writers’ Festival. The winning entry will be published in Kill Your Darlings journal. Shortlisted winners will receive VIP tickets to the opening night gala event.

Judges: Jane Montgomery Griffiths (Monash University), Rebecca Starford (Kill Your Darlings and author of upcoming memoir, Bad Behaviour) and Rebecca Saunders (Hachette Australia)
Word length: 1500-3000 words
Closing date for entries:
Friday 17 April 2015 5pm on Tuesday 28 April, 2015
Shortlist announced:
Thursday 14 May 2015
Winner Announced:
Tuesday 26 May 2015
Any student enrolled in an undergraduate or honours degree at any university in Australia or New Zealand may enter. A student number and course code is required to enter.
More information:
Travel to and from the Emerging Writers’ Festival is at the winners’ own expense. Entries must be uploaded via the form below. There is a limit of one entry per student. Please ensure that your name does not appear anywhere on your entry or it will be deemed ineligible! Check the full T&Cs here.
Questions? Please email SUBMISSION FORM HERE.

We look forward to reading all your entries and to seeing you at this year’s Festival. 

Monash Prize Shortlist

A dirty, dimly lit place – Patrick Dobson (University of Melbourne)
An African santa – Lulu Jemimah (Macquarie University)
Blue – Imogen McClusky (Australian Film and Television School BA)
Drop kick – Bonnie Sanders (Monash University)
Flower – Alexandra Philp (Queensland University of Technology)
I hope you have a wonderful day – Beth Rust (Victoria University of Wellington)
I’m not smoking bongs, I’m snorkelling – Elena Larkin (University of Melbourne)
Internet, shminternet – Ara Sarafian (RMIT)
Past, present – Peter Dickison (Macquarie University)
The end of unemployed Anastasia and the once rebellious panda – Mark Barnes (RMIT)
The fourth track – Toni Susskind (Monash University)
The reliquary – Lauren Alcock (Griffith University)
The space between – Justina Ashman (Flinders University)
What girls are made of – Sarah Mould (UTS)
Writing to Byzantium – Xin Yi Joyce Chew (UNSW)