The Liminal Fiction Prize is a new literary prize for Australian Writers of Colour. With a theme of ‘the future’, they’re looking for 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, phenomenal writers of colour are forgotten in Australian Literature. If you don’t believe us, believe the statistics: for the 63 years the Miles Franklin Literary Award has been awarded, it has been awarded 5 times to a total of 3 writers of colour; for the 45 years the Patrick White Award has been running only 3 writers of colour have won; The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award has been given to just 3 writers of colour in its past 38 years; and The Stella Prize has the best, yet still quite low odds, with 1 out of 6. Notably, neither the Australian Book Review’s Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize nor the Melbourne Prize for Literature have ever recognised a writer of colour.
The Liminal Fiction Prize insists against amnesia. With this prize, Liminal seeks to promote 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.
February 1—April 1, 2019
Entries are welcome from writers who identify as a ‘Person of Colour’, who live in Australia. There is no age limit.