EJ Brady Short story competition 2017-2018


Entries for the 2017-18 EJ Brady short story competition have now closed. Judging is underway and results will be published on our website as they become available.

Due to circumstances beyond our control, judging for the Mallacoota Prize major short story category has been delayed until at least 20 April 2018.

The $500 Gabo Prize for a short story of less than 700 words goes to Roger Vickery and Ian Hood for their collaborative effort Ragtime in Eden.

The $1000 Betka Prize for a humorous short story goes to Katherine Kovacic of Melbourne for her story The Dog Show.

A celebration and readings of winning stories will take place at Mallacoota Arts Space, 66 Maurice Ave Mallacoota at 3:00pm on Saturday 12 May 2018.

Our thanks go to our judging panel for all their hard work.

Entries for the EJ Brady 2018-19 competition will open on 1 November 2018 and close on 28 February 2019.

The stories that have made the long-list and are still under consideration for the Mallacoota Prize are as follows:

  • The Wall
  • The Roar of a Knock
  • The Tree of Knowledge
  • My Name is Ron
  • The White Horse
  • The Hole Story
  • The Mother Tree
  • Dunedin 911
  • Clay
  • A Moment of Kindness
  • Milky
  • Blindfold
  • Rot
  • Pandora’s Dreams
  • Beautiful Poverty
  • Nocturne
  • Girl in the Street
  • Even the Silence
  • Free Ticket
  • Domestic Hush
  • Best Mates
  • A Man Digs a Grave
  • Little Beauty
  • Edge
  • Simon and Sam and the Wolves
  • Aquarium
  • Diary of a Traveller
  • Saving Kai
  • The Goldfish Bombers
  • Four Times
  • Match Night
  • No Bliss in Ignorance
  • The Bush
  • Watching things we don’t understand…
  • Luke’s Bones
  • Repossessed
  • Behavioural Experiment
  • Waking Up
  • Slow Down
  • Bloody Lucky Duckie
  • Black and Blue and Red All Over
  • Down the Hatch
  • Bird in the Hand
  • En Route
  • River Skin
  • Interstellar
  • Waiting for a Turn
  • Rightsizing
  • Stanley Place Boys
  • Flamenco Football
  • Lovers’ Tangle
  • Home
  • Poetry Group
  • Kim and Donald
  • Blood Sports
  • Big Red 1976
  • The Blood of a Black Wasp
  • Forgetting How to Swim
  • Yellow Eyed Hunter
  • Bridging Worlds
  • The Cheat Meister
  • Birthday Girl
  • Stars
  • Tigger Jones
  • Les Trois Artistes
  • Learning to Throw
  • Millennial Skin
  • Just Roosters


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.