The Fair Australia Prize application deadline has been extended!

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This prize encourages visual artists and writers of fiction, poetry and essays to be part of setting a new agenda for our future.

THEME: new collectives, old struggles

How can we come together to make real change, now and into the future? To imagine a just, common future, and how we might get there together.

The Fair Australia Prize is made up of 5 x $3000 prizes and 3 x $1000 union member prizes. There are prizes for:

  • fiction (up to 3000 words)
  • essay (up to 3000 words)
  • poetry (up to 88 lines)
  • cartoon or graphic (180 mm wide by 255 mm high)
  • best overall entry by a migrant writer, artist or worker*, and
  • three best member entries (for NUW, MEAA and NTEU members only); these $1000 prizes are awarded to member entries in any of the above categories.

Entry to the Fair Australia Prize is FREE.

Winning entries will be published in a special Fair Australia supplement in Overland 233, to be launched in Melbourne in early December. 

ENTRIES CLOSES: 11.59 pm (AEST), Monday 27 August.


Members of the NUW, NTEU or MEAA kindly note: there is no separate category for union member entries. Instead, simply tick the box that asks if you are a member on the entry form for your category (whether that is cartoon/graphic, fiction, poetry or essay)

*For the purposes of this competition, a ‘migrant worker, writer or artist’ defines a person living and working (temporarily or permanently) in a country where they were not born, and where they are not currently a citizen.

Image: Nicky Minus