The 2018 Fair Australia Prize is now open

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The Fair Australia Prize is now open and the prize pool is fabulous, but you must enter soon as the competition closes on Monday 13 August 2018.

Presented by Overland magazine, the prize is supported by the National Union of Workers (NUW), the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA), the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) and the Migrant Workers Centre (MWC).

From the Overland website:

The theme for this year’s prize is “new collectives, old struggles”.

What does unionism mean to people today? What should be its objectives? How can we come together to make real change, now and into the future?

This prize encourages artists and writers of fiction, poetry and essays to be part of setting a new agenda for our future – to imagine a just, common future, and how we might get there together.

The Fair Australia Prize is made up of 5 x $3000 prizes and 3 x $1000 union member prizes.

There are prizes for:

  • fiction (up to 3000 words)
  • essay (up to 3000 words)
  • poetry (up to 88 lines)
  • cartoon or graphic (180 mm wide by 255 mm high)
  • best overall entry by a migrant writer, artist or worker 
  • three best member entries (for NUW, MEAA and NTEU members only); these $1000 prizes are awarded to member entries in any of the above categories

Winning entries will be published in a special Fair Australia supplement in Overland 233, to be launched in Melbourne in early December.

Need inspiration?

 The Overland website has some ideas and starting points:

“In an era of increasing economic inequality and social alienation, community-building, collective political action and workers’ unions are more vital than ever… In our work, our lives, and our communities, what are our collective goals? How will we achieve them? How does money, time, power alter our daily lives, limiting some while others rise to the ‘top’? How might we change our collective future?”

Entry to the Fair Australia Prize is free.

Competition closes 11.59pm (AEST), Monday 13 August 2018.

Guidelines: please read and ensure eligibility before submitting.

To submit, head to the Overland website.

Good luck!


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