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This is a themed fiction competition, open to all ages and genders. Rachel Funari, the namesake of the competition, was the founding editor of Lip. Tragically, Rachel went missing in 2011, while on holiday in Tasmania. We are launching the prize in her honour, because she was determined to better the lives and opportunities for young women.
As Lip is a feminist magazine, the theme of our competition is ‘Herstory’, a play on the word ‘history’ and with a focus on women’s stories. And ANYONE CAN ENTER!
All entries must be:
- original pieces of writing.
- previously unpublished, unperformed, and not entered into any other competition.
- up to 2000 words.
We’re looking for creative, insightful fiction that addresses the theme in any kind of way. Our competition will be judged by Lip chief editors and a panel of esteemed judges:
Clementine Ford (feminist speaker, writer and radio broadcaster)
Karen Pickering (host of Cherchez La Femme and organiser of SlutWalk Melbourne)
Kat Muscat (Editor of Voiceworks)
Sophie Cunningham (writer, editor and Chair of the Literature Board of the Australia Council)
Zoe Dattner (Creative Director of Sleepers Publishing and General Manager of SPUNC)
We will reveal prizes within the next month, but for now we can promise you they include libraries of Australian contemporary literature, opportunities to work with members of the publishing community and monetary rewards!
Entries are now open, and they close midnight on Thursday 28th February. The winners will be announced at an event in April. Winning entries will be published in a special print edition of our magazine and online at our website.
This prize is proudly supported by Express Media, Writers Victoria, Sleepers Publishing, Spinifex Press and Scribe Publications.