Everyone can write at least one good story. That was the belief of J. F. Archibald, the editor and founder of the famous nineteenth-century weekly, The Bulletin, who invited his readers to become contributors. It was this encouragement that led Joseph Furphy, working in his brother’s foundry at Shepparton, to write his ‘offensively Australian’ novel, Such is Life, using the pseudonym of ‘Tom Collins’. The book, full of stories derived from Joseph’s experience in the Riverina and told in a voice uniquely his own, is now acknowledged to be a classic of Australian literature
In the spirit of Archibald and honouring the author of Such is Life, the Furphy Literary Award has been established to promote and extend the tradition of story telling, both factual and fictional, that is so much part of Australian life.
There will be an annual short story & poetry award for juniors & youth age writers who live in the Goulburn Valley. Please refer to the table below and the terms & conditions relevant to this category.
- Competition and submissions commence: March 1st, 2024
- Closing date for entries: May 31st, 2024
Open only after 1st March 2024
Entries for the Furphy Literary Award are managed by a software product called Submittable. Please follow the link which will prompt you to:
- Create a free account with Submittable.
- Enter and save submission details
- Upload your work and submit
|Junior Short Story||Junior Poetry||Youth Short Story||Youth Poetry|
|Age||Up to 12 years old||Up to 12 years old||13 – 17 years old||13 – 17 years old|
|Word limit||2000 words||20 lines||2000 words||30 lines|
|Production||Handwritten or typed||Handwritten or typed||Typed||Typed|
|Subject / Theme||Any subject||Any subject||Any Subject||Any subject|
To enquire about the Furphy Junior and Youth competition email firstname.lastname@example.org