2020 Woollahra Digital Literary Award shortlist announced
Published 12 May 2020
Outstanding digital writing by Australian authors has been recognised in the selection for the 2020 Woollahra Digital Literary Award shortlist.
The Award, founded by Woollahra Council to support innovation in Australian digital literature, offers prizes in four categories: Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, and a new Readers’ Choice Award, with a total prize pool of $7,250. To be eligible, entrants must be Australian residents aged 16 and over whose work has been published online in the first instance in the last two years.
Fiction judge Stephen Pham praised the “unexpected beauty” in this year’s shortlisted entries, and the writers’ “ability to re-imagine worlds.”
Non-fiction judge Sam Twyford-Moore said the standard of entries for the category was, “Incredibly high – so high that determining a shortlist was an unusually difficult task. Nonfiction writers have challenged themselves to think deeply and critically about the world around us, in a time when such thinking is needed more than ever.”
This year saw an increase in submissions from poets experimenting with what the digital medium has to offer in terms of form, on subjects as diverse as digital augmentation of contemporary life, fluid identities and slippages in time, Poetry judge Pip Smith revealed. “The poems I’ve selected showcase something of the range of styles that are made possible by the digital space,” she said.
The community is encouraged to vote on their favourite work, with the winning author set to receive a $250 cash prize. All works are available to read on the Woollahra Digital Literary Award website.
The winners in each category will be announced on 28 May.
- Jackie French, Christmas in Paris, HarperCollins Publishers. A free copy is available to read via Overdrive with Woollahra Libraries membership.
- Mez Breeze, Perpetual Nomads, FLEFF: Networked Disruptions Online Exhibition
- Peter Polites, The Final Boys, Meanjin
- Rachel Ang, A Thousand Loving Thrusts, The Wheeler Centre
- Tamara Lazaroff, In My Father's Village and Other Freedom Stories, Pollitecon Publications
- Amanda Tink, A History of Reading: Alan Marshall and Helen Keller, Sydney Review of Books
- Andrew Brooks, The Island Part One and Part Two, Running Dog
- Drew Rooke, Growth Industry, Kill Your Darlings
- Dženana Vucic, Kin, Kill Your Darlings
- Eleanor Limprecht, The Burning, Meanjin
- Jocelyn Hungerford, Women Who Write About Their Feelings and Lives, Sydney Review of Books
- Keyvan Allahyari, The Trouble With Middle Eastern Literature, Sydney Review of Books
- Mark Mordue, Down By The River: Nick Cave’s Boyhood in Wangaratta (1959-70), Sydney Review of Books
- Sarah Allely, Brain on Nature, Brain on Nature
- Shannon McKeogh, The Cure For Everything, Meanjin
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