2019 Liminal Fiction Prize

In 2018, I researched Australian Literary Prizes, and was dissatisfied with the scarce representation of writers of colour. In 2019, after receiving a grant from The Australia Council, I announced the Liminal Fiction Prize, a new literary prize for Australian Writers of Colour, the first of its kind.

With a theme of ‘the future’, we 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. The Liminal Fiction Prize seeks to promote fiction by writers whose voices are often ignored or elided.

First prize of $2500 + publication in The Lifted Brow magazine
Runner up will receive $500 + publication in The Lifted Brow online
All longlisted pieces will be published in an anthology by Brow Books.

Evelyn Araluen, Julie Koh & Brian Castro