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Meet the Judges

Anson Cameron

Anson Cameron is the author of six novels, two collections of short stories and a memoir. He currently writes a column for The Age.

Stephanie Holt

Stephanie Holt is an award-winning writer, editor and educator. A former Meanjin editor, she currently works with Overland magazine, and serves on the Board of the Institute of Professional Editors.

John Harms

John Harms is a writer, historian, and publisher. His books include Confessions of a Thirteenth Man, Memoirs of a Mug Punter, Loose Men Everywhere, Life as I Know It, and numerous editions of The Footy Almanac annual. He lives in the Barossa Valley.


Margaret Hickey

Margaret is an award winning author and playwright. Her best-selling crime novel Cutters End was published by Penguin Random House in 2021 and has been shortlisted for the 2022 Best Debut Crime Fiction in the National Crime Awards – The ‘Ned Kelly’. Her most recent novel, Broken Bay, was released in July. Her collection of short stories, Rural Dreams, was published in 2020 and is currently being studied in schools. Margaret is a regular guest on ABC regional radio and works as a local English teacher.

John Kerr

John Kerr is an independent writer and publisher with a background in corporate educational and general book publishing. His publishing list includes the best-selling autobiography of eye doctor Fred Hollows and Fraser Island environmentalist John Sinclair, written with Peter Corris. He wrote High Times in the High Country about an eccentric sheep farmer he once worked for, published by Penguin NZ. His latest book The Big Folbigg Mistake is out on August 3rd.

Thornton McCamish

Thornton McCamish is a journalist and author, and a former editor of The Big Issue magazine. His biography of Alan Moorehead, Our Man Elsewhere, won the NSW Premier’s Douglas Stewart Prize for Nonfiction and was shortlisted for the 2017 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. His biography of the Australian art critic Robert Hughes is due to be published next year.


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The Furphy Anthology 2023!

This hardcover anthology includes 16 of the best short stories selected from the 2023 Furphy Literary Award.