As we revealed earlier this year, we’re thrilled to be partnering with the wonderful people at Liminal on this brand new prize. As publishing partners, the winning piece of short fiction will appear in Issue 43 of The Lifted Brow (subscribe now to read it first), and then over at Brow Books we’ll be publishing an anthology of the best pieces submitted to the prize – the longlist!
With over 130 entries from writers of colour, the prize readers had the enormously difficult task of finding the longlist for the Liminal Fiction Prize. Congratulations to these writers, and a big shout-out to all who submitted their work.
The shortlist will be announced next week; the prize judges, Brian Castro, Julie Koh and Evelyn Araluen, are reading for the inaugural winner.
The Liminal Fiction Prize is a new literary prize for Australian Writers of Colour. With a theme of ‘the future’, Liminal sought fiction of a new world: not the stuff of flying cars or robots, but a future that pulls against or weaves together Australia’s many fabricated histories.
Australia is a nation that forgets. It forgets 60,000+ years of continuous culture; newspapers that once claimed ‘The Chinese’ brought ‘Vice and Vegetables’ (1891). Australia forgets that our first two prime ministers supported the White Australia Policy, and asks us to forget people caged in an offshore solution.
Too often, writers of colour are forgotten in Australian Literature. The Liminal Fiction Prize insists against amnesia. With this prize, Liminal promotes fiction by writers whose voices are often ignored or elided – for the future of Australian fiction is here.
First prize of $2500 + publication in The Lifted Brow magazine
Runner up will receive $500
And all shortlisted pieces will be published in an anthology by Brow Books.