It examines Australian literature as a regional, national, and international literature with a set of distinct and vibrant cultures. Literary magazines—including Southerly and Meanjin, both concerned with promoting Australian writing (and both still extant)—established themselves, and the interest of the international reading public in Australian writing grew. This new competition encourages excellent and original works of Australian literature. For the purposes of this prize, literature refers to and includes fiction, poetry, essay, memoir, creative non-fiction, cartoon or graphic stories, and digital or audio storytelling.
Length restrictions are as follows: fiction (up to 3000 words) Literary Journals. Melbourne is famous in writing and reading communities for the sheer number and wide variety of literary publications that call the city home.