2016 Josephine Ulrick Prize winners

And the winners are…

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Josephine Ulrick Poetry and Literature Prizes!

Griffith University Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize

Joint first prize ($7,500 each):

‘Bloodwork’ – Chloe Wilson (Williamstown, Victoria)

‘T/error: A Troika’ – Sarah Holland-Batt (Hamilton, Queensland)


Griffith University Josephine Ulrick Literature Prize

First prize ($10,000): ‘Chess and Dragonflies’ – Dr Tessa Lunney (Darlington, New South Wales)

Second prize ($5,000): ‘A crack in the teacup’ – Melissa Goode (Leura, New South Wales)

Josephine Ulrick Prizes 2016 Shortlist

Announcing the finalists…

The shortlists for the 2016 Griffith University Josephine Ulrick Prizes have been announced! Stay tuned for the winners in mid-August.

Poetry Prize:

‘Boy’, Jordie Albiston (Victoria)

‘The Demolition of Hotel Australia’, John Hawke (Victoria)

‘T/error: A Troika’, Sarah Holland-Batt (Queensland)

‘Preserved Heart with Gunshot Wound’, Sarah Holland-Batt (Queensland)

‘Whitely visits Morandi’, Nathan Shepherdson (Queensland)

‘Bloodwork’, Chloe Wilson (Victoria)

Judges: Judith Beveridge and Anthony Lawrence


Literature Prize:

‘A crack in the teacup’, Melissa Goode (New South Wales)

‘The 45th Parallel’, Laura Kenny (Queensland)

‘Chess and Dragonflies’, Tessa Lunney (New South Wales)

‘Colour me grey’, Julia Prendergast (Victoria)

‘Growth’, Mirandi Riwoe (Queensland)

‘Love Letters’, Deborah Wardle (Victoria)

Judges: Matthew Lamb and Terri-ann White

UNAA Media Peace Awards

Congratulations to authors of Finger Money

Finger money: The black and white of stolen wages’ by Steve Kinnane, Judy Harrison and Isabelle Reinecke, from Griffith Review 47: Looking West, has been selected as a Finalist in the United Nations Association of Australia Media Peace Awards 2015 in the Promotion of Indigenous Recognition Award category. Congratulations to the authors!


2015 Qld Premier's Literary Awards

Congratulations to all the Griffith Review contributors who have been shortlisted in the 2015 Queensland Literary Awards: Ellen van Neerven, Nick Earls, Sophie Cunningham, Megan McGrath and Michelle Law.

Indigenous recognition in WA

At long last…

Yesterday, Western Australia became the last mainland state to recognise Indigenous people as the state’s first inhabitants and traditional custodians, with a unanimously passed bill in the WA Legislative Council. Listen to Fran Kelly’s report on this important, if symoblic, milestone on ABC RN Breakfast.

For more on the state of Indigenous affairs in Western Australia, you can read ‘Finger money: the black and white of stolen wages’, a multi-faceted examination of the state’s shocking history of Indigenous stolen wages, by STEVE KINNANE, JUDY HARRISON and ISABELLE REINECKE.

Contributor news

Congratulations to Cameron Muir, Peter Mares and Chris Price

Peter Mares has won the 2015 Migration and Settlement Award for Journalism Excellence for his Inside Story essay, ‘Living at the wrong end of the queue’.

Chris Price’s essay from Griffith Review 43: Pacific Highways – volume 2 has been longlisted for the Notting Hill Essay Prize.

Cameron Muir’s book, The Broken Promise of Agricultural Progress: An Environmental History, has been shortlisted for the 2015 NSW Premier’s History Awards in the NSW Community and Regional History category. The book features two of Cameron’s Griffith Review essays. 

Ellen van Neerven has been shortlisted for The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction 2015 for Heat and Light (UQP). The judges said: ‘Van Neerven’s imagery leaves deep impressions on the mind … an affecting and commanding work of fiction.’

Contributor news

Congratulations to Randa Abdel-Fattah

Randa Abdel-Fattah’s 2005 young-adult novel Does My Head Look Big in This? (Pan) is being adapted into a film. The screenplay will be written by Abdel-Fattah and producer David Curzon (Swing Wing). Also working on the project are author Melinda Marchetta as a story consultant and The Sapphires screenwriter Keith Thompson as a supporting editor.

Published 10 years ago, Abdel-Fattah’s book follows 17-year-old Australian-Palestinian-Muslim Amal Abdel-Hakim as she deals with her ‘various identity hyphens’ and decision to wear a headscarf full-time. It expands on her essay ‘Of Middle Eastern Appearance’ from Griffith Review: Divided Nation.

Winners announced

Novella competition 2015

After six months, 271 entries and weeks of intense reading and debate, Griffith Review has finally announced the winners of its 2015 novella competition. 

Griffith Review, with the active support of CAL’s cultural fund, has been at the forefront of reviving novellas in Australia, publishing eleven novellas in Griffith Review 38: The Novella Project and Griffith 46: Forgotten Stories – The Novella Project II

In January 2015, Griffith Review put the call out for novellas for The Novella Project III competition. There were no thematic or geographic restraints – we were simply looking for the best work. 

By seeking novellas with a blind competition judged by publishing experts Brian Johns, Jacqueline Blanchard and Cate Kennedy, Griffith Review aimed to bring new writers to the attention of readers and publishers and to ensure that the very best new novellas are published and promoted. 

The competition broke several records for the publication: we had a record number of entrants... Read more

Watch the Novella event

Wheeler Centre
Did you miss the Wheeler Centre event to celebrate Forgotten Stories – The Novella Project II? You can watch it here

The novella occupies a special place in literature – we all know it’s longer than a short story and shorter than a novel. Famous novellas include some of literature’s greats: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Wide Sargasso Sea, Animal Farm. But what is it that defines a novella? What are its strengths as a form? And why are we still writing them? 

Cate Kennedy, Megan McGrath, Jane Jervis-Read and Julianne Schultz kick around these questions.

2014 Annual Report

Griffith Review celebrates 2014

stakeholder_reportWe had a fantastic year in 2014!

Please take a look at our 2014 Annual Report which documents many of the achievements for the last year – the range and quality of the writing, the public events, the media mentions and social media hits. It also documents some of the outputs: the books commissioned and published as a result of first publication in these pages, the awards shortlisted and won, the millions of dollars of value of media mentions, the large numbers of people who have attended events, the levels of support. These numbers are impressive. 

Thank you for supporting Griffith Review. 

Click here to download the report.

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