EJ Brady Short story competition


The 2016 – 2017 EJ Brady Short story competition is now closed for new entries.

The judging panel have the stories and we hope to have a result by mid April 2017
at which time the prize winners will be notified.


Edwin James Brady, 1869-1952
Image courtesy of National Library Of Australia

A public announcement and readings of prize winning stories will take place at the Croajingolong
Centre in mid May. More details can be found here closer to the time.

The Mallacoota Arts Council is pleased to provide a prize of $2000 for the winning story in the major short story category, the Mallacoota Prize, for stories up to 2500 words. The runner up receives $300.

The Gabo Prize for stories of less than 700 words has a first prize of $500.

The Betka Prize for humorous short stories of less than 1000 words has a first prize of $500.

The judges are also able to make an encouragement award of $100 to an entrant who has not previously been paid for a published story.

See the competition results from previous years


The 2016-2017 judges include Bruce Pascoe, author of many published works of fiction such as Bloke and non-fiction such as Black Emu and Convincing Ground. He published and edited Australian Short Stories quarterly magazine for 16 years, was winner of the Radio National short story competition (1998) and the Australian Literature Award (1999).

Also judging this year are Lyn Harwood, editor of the Babe is Wise, short story publisher, and co-author of Cape Otway: coast of secrets; Sue Hines, author of short stories for younger readers, Spider Mania, and Fright Night, and young adult fiction, Out of the Shadows, The Plunketts and The Water Boys; and Ketzia Wood.

Winner of the Vogel Literary Award, Jim Sakkas continues to offer his assistance to the judging panel.


The EJ Brady Short story competition is named in honour of local poet Edwin James Brady (1869-1952). The competition recognises Mallacoota’s long-standing literary and artistic traditions. Mr Brady’s accomplishments were rather varied. The Australian Dictionary of Biography lists his occupations as agricultural writer, auto biographer/memoirist, biographer, journalist, newspaper editor, poet, short story writer and socialist!

See who won in previous years and read their stories.