Department of English, Macquarie University

Opening date: May 13th 2020

Closing date: June 30th 2020, 11.59PM

Announcement of prize winners: Mid-September, 2020.

Word Limit: up to 2,500 for prose; or up to 60 lines poetry. Prose includes single short story, creative nonfiction, or thematically linked micro fictions up to 2,500 words; poetry includes a single poem or thematically linked poems up to 60 lines.

Theme: open.


1st PRIZE $500 

2nd PRIZE $300

3rd  PRIZE $200

  1. Entrants must be aged 30 years or younger at June 30, and be either a current FoA student or a graduate of the Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University. 
  2. All works submitted must have been previously unpublished in print or online, and not currently submitted elsewhere (with the exception of works published in #16 of The Quarry)
  3. Multiple entries are permitted, however each work must be entered as a single individual work (except for thematically linked set of micro fictions or poetry submitted as a single work). 
  4. The name of the writer must not appear on the manuscript (including the header or footer): all works will be considered anonymously.
  5. Entries must be submitted electronically via The Quarry Submittable system.
  6. Authors who have published their work in #16 must submit their work here for the competition, with no identifying details.

The winning works will be published in a special issue of The Quarry. If for any reason the author does not wish for their work to be published in The Quarry, the prize will not be awarded.

All submitted works may also be considered for publication in The Quarry

Judges: Former and current student editors of The Quarry including Claire Catacouzinos, graduate of the Major in Creative Writing and Master of Creative Writing MQ and current editor of The School Magazine; Associate Professor Jane Messer, writer and supervising editor of The Quarry.

The judges’ decision will be final. No correspondence will be entered into.


This writing prize has been made possible by the generous sponsorship of Helen Sykes OAM, CEO of Future Leaders. Future Leaders is a philanthropic initiative which recognises and rewards young Australians who have shown strong leadership and potential. Future Leaders aims to inspire young Australians to engage in environmental and community issues and to make a difference. 

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