Monash Undergraduate Prize for Creative Writing

Monash University in collaboration with the Emerging Writers’ Festival is proud to present the Monash Undergraduate Prize for Creative Writing, a prestigious prize for emerging literary voices.

Now in its eighth year, the Prize is a significant literary award for new and emerging writers. The prize is open to both Australian and New Zealand university students, enrolled in either an undergraduate or honours degree. All types of creative writing will be accepted, including short stories, non-fiction narrative and narrative verse.

The winning entry will be published in VergeMonash University’s annual creative writing anthology, and Kill Your Darlings. In addition, the winning author(s) will have the option to work closely with Verge editors to create a second piece of work in the second half of 2019, to be published in the anthology. These additional pieces will be paid at Verge’s contributor rate of $250.

Monash has been the long-term education partner of the Emerging Writers’ Festival, and the Prize strengthens both parties’ commitment to providing learning and career development opportunities for emerging literary voices.

The 2019 Monash Prize shortlist is:

Dario Davidson – ‘Access Revoked’
Laura Clark – ‘A and I’
Anna McShane-Potts – ‘Blaze’
Fiona Murphy – ‘Cornered’
Eva Caley –’Daughter Daughter’
Mirabai Pease – ‘I, daughter’
Lily Holloway – ‘I wander, she holds my hand’
Callie Zucker – ‘Motherhood Is A Burlap Sack’
Madeline Coleman-Bock – ‘Red’
Gina Song – ‘Roll Credits’
Ellen Vickerman – ‘Salmon is Beachside’
Victor Senthinathan – ‘Suburban Graveyard’
Kayla  Rasmussen – ‘The Law of Conservation’
Stephanie Susanto – ‘The Narcissist in Armani’
Amy Lane – ‘Will’s List’

Winner announced 19 June 2019!

We thank our Principal Education Partner Monash University for the opportunity to offer this prize.



First prize: $4,000
Highest placed Monash University student prize: $1,000


Roanna Gonsalves (author of The Permanent Resident), Katherine Brabon (author of The Memory Artist, 2016 Vogel Award Winner) and Ian See (Editor)


1500–3000 words


All types of creative writing will be accepted, including short stories, non-fiction narrative and narrative verse.


Opening date for entries: Monday 4 March 2019

Closing date for entries: 11:59pm, Sunday 14 April 2019

Shortlist announced:  Wednesday 1 May 2019

Winner announced: Wednesday 19 June 2019


Any student enrolled in an undergraduate or honours degree at any university in Australia or New Zealand may enter. A student number and course code is required to enter.


Please read the Terms & Conditions before applying.

Travel to and from the Emerging Writers’ Festival is at the winners’ own expense.

There is a limit of one entry per student. Please ensure that your name does not appear anywhere on your entry or it will be deemed ineligible! Check the full terms and conditions here.