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Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Writing

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The Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Writing (NPCW) is awarded every two years and builds on the Shire's strong tradition of supporting contemporary Australian writing. 

Entries are accepted in the following streams:

  • fiction -with open, local and youth categories
  • a changing genre award - with open, local and youth categories.

The competition awards the best work in each category and the:  

  • Alan Marshall Short Story Award
  • Mayor's Award.

The winning entries are published in an anthology. The NPCW is presented in association with Yarra Plenty Regional Library.

How to enter

Entries for the 2022 NPCW will open in late 2021.

Read the anthology for 2020

The Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Writing Anthology 2020 features all the winning pieces along with introductions from the category judges.

View the Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Writing Anthology 2020(PDF, 1MB)

The anthology is also available for purchase in print and e-book formats from your preferred bookstore.

Winners for 2020

Congratulations to the winners of the Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Writing 2020

  • Alan Marshall Short Story Award (Best work of fiction - open category)
    Dominic Amerena - Show Don't Tell
  • Best work of fiction - local
    Catherine Padmore - Work Experience
  • Best work of fiction - youth
    Irene Lu - Hiraeth
  • Best work of creative non-fiction - open
    Anna Jacobson - Songs from the Vault
  • Best work of creative non-fiction - local
    Alessandra Prunotto -The Things We Leave Behind

Judges for 2020

Melanie Cheng's short story collection Australia Day won the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript and the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction and was shortlisted for the 2018 Indie Book Award for debut fiction and the 2017 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. Room for a Stranger is her second book.

Claire G. Coleman is a Wirlomin-Noongar-Australian writer and poet. Her 2017 debut novel, Terra Nullius, won the Norma K. Hemming Award. Coleman's essay, After the Grog War, was shortlisted for the 2018 Horne Prize.

Sarah Schmidt is the Literacy Coordinator for Yarra Plenty Regional Library. Her first novel, See What I Have Done, won multiple awards including Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Literary Fiction Book of the Year 2018; Mud Literary Award 2018.

Jeff Sparrow is a writer, editor, and broadcaster. He writes a regular column for The Guardian and contributes regularly to many other Australian and international publications. Jeff is a former member of the 3RRR Breakfasters team and the immediate past editor of literary journal Overland.

Previous anthologies