Welcome to the Olga Masters Short Story Award

The winner of the Olga Masters Short Story Award for 2016 is Kit Scriven of Kyneton, VIC for his story Poems from Another Planet. Kit wins $1500.

Runners-up are Susan Yardley (Woodend, VIC) for Tattoo and Sarah Gardiner (Wandella, NSW) for Small country town. Susan and Sarah each win $500.

Congratulations to Kit, Susan and Sarah.

The 2017 competition will open in June.

The Olga Masters Short Story Award is a competition celebrating the life and writings of Olga Masters (1919-1986), Australian journalist and author. Olga was born on the Far South Coast of NSW, and lived there, in Pambula then Cobargo, until the age of 18. Much of her fiction is coloured by her experiences in this region.

Entry is open to Australian residents. Stories should be 2000-5000 words, about any aspect of Australian rural family life. First prize is $1500. There is a $500 prize for the runner-up. Supplementary prizes may be offered at the discretion of the organisers.

This year’s judges are:

  • Geordie Williamson, publisher of the Picador imprint
  • Mary Cunnane, freelance editor and consultant, and Olga Masters’ American publisher
  • Craig Munro,¬†award-winning writer, editor and publishing consultant whose memoir Under Cover was launched at the Brisbane Writers Festival. Craig was Olga Masters’ first publisher in Australia.

The winner of the Olga Masters Short Story Award for 2015 was Sharon Willdin from Petersham (NSW) for her story, Number12 Hollis Avenue. The runner-up was Pamela Parker (Caloundra, Qld) for Matt McConachie This is Your Life. Read the winning stories

The inaugural Award was held in conjunction with the Olga Masters Festival in Cobargo in October 2014. Read all winning stories.

Thanks to The Triangle, our local community newspaper, for auspicing the Award, and to Well Thumbed Books in Cobargo for providing a physical space to administer the Award – and a postal address.

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And we are greatly indebted to Bokhara Foundation and the
Masters family for their financial support.




Australian rural family life