Judges – The Novella Project VII

Griffith Review is thrilled to announce the industry judges for The Novella Project VII!

In partnership with Ashley Hay and the Griffith Review editorial team, the winners of this year’s novella competition will be selected by Maxine Beneba Clarke, Matthew Condon and Aviva Tuffield.

Maxine Beneba Clarke is an Australian writer and poet of Afro-Caribbean descent. She is the author of the Indie and ABIA award-winning short fiction collection Foreign Soil (2014). Her most recent poetry collection Carrying The World won the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Award for Poetry. Maxine is the author of the CBCA winning picture book The Patchwork Bike (a collaboration with Melbourne artist Van T Rudd) and her critically acclaimed memoir The Hate Race is being adapted for stage for Melbourne’s Malthouse Theatre. She writes for the Saturday Paper and recently edited the anthology Growing Up African in Australia.

Matthew Condon is a prize-winning Australian novelist and journalist. He is currently on staff with the Courier-Mail’s Qweekend magazine. He began his journalism career with the Gold Coast Bulletin in 1982 and subsequently worked for leading newspapers and journals including the Sydney Morning Herald, the Daily Telegraph and Melbourne’s Sunday Age. He is also the author of ten books of fiction and and the award-winning non-fiction Three Crooked Kings, Jacks and Jokers, All Fall Down, Little Fish are Sweet and, most recently, The Night Dragon.

Aviva Tuffield is a publisher at University of Queensland Press, and co-founded the Stella Prize. In the past she has worked as a publisher at Black Inc.; publisher at Affirm Press; associate publisher at Scribe Publications, where she was responsible for building an award-winning Australian fiction list; and deputy editor at Australian Book Review. In 2015 she was a finalist in NAB Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards in the Change Champion category for her work with the Stella Prize.

Boasting a prize pool of $25,000 to be shared equally among winners, The Novella Project VII is one of the richest novella competitions in the world, and all winning entries will feature in Griffith Review 66: The Novella Project VII.

There is no theme for the 2019 competition, and both fiction and creative non-fiction works of 15,000–25,000 words will once again be eligible.

Need some inspiration? Our recent celebration of the novella form, Novella November, featured instructive and reflective notes on novellas from Michelle de Kretser, Helen Garner, Nick Earls and many more. You can read all of them here.

Now, let your imagination run wild. We look forward to reading your work!

Learn more and enter The Novella Project VII here.
Entries close:
29 March 2019
Winners announced: May 2019
Publication date: 4 November 2019
Full terms and conditions are available here.

The Novella Project VII is supported by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.

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