The 2018 ESU Roly Sussex Short Story Award is a prestigious Australian literary award, established by the ESU Queensland Branch in 2015. Our Branch is supporting this competition.

The competition is named after Professor Roly Sussex, Emeritus Professor of Applied Language Studies at the University of Queensland. Professor Sussex is a leading expert on the meaning and origin of words and phrases and the evolution of the English language. Professor Sussex attracts a wide audience to his ABC Radio program, A Word in Your Ear, which has run for 15 years.

The Short Story Award is designed to foster original creative writing of outstanding quality, including experimental, challenging or thought provoking work. The Competition commenced in 2015 and attracts entries from all over Australia.

The English-Speaking Union (Queensland Branch) took pleasure in awarding the prizes to the winners of the 2018 ESU Roly Sussex Short Story Competition.

Open Category

First Prize:
Jeanette O’Shea (Queensland), “Remember”

Second Prize:
Susan Bennett (Victoria), “If you love me”

Highly Commended:
David Giles (Queensland), “Sweet Thames, run softly”
Freya Cox (Tasmania), “The child”
Carmen Cuskelly (Queensland), “Brood”

Secondary School Category

First Prize:
Katie Wainwright (Queensland), “Wrought”

Second Prize:
William Buckley (Queensland), “For love”

Highly Commended:
Kodi Sawtell (Queensland), “Time”

Recipients received their awards at Government House 20 November 2018.

The 2019 Award will be open for entries in May 2019.

First Prize $7500
Second Prize: $1500

Secondary School Student story:
First Prize: $1000
Second Prize: $500

Length: Max. 3,000 words

Submitted stories should not have been previously published.

Eligibility for Open Section: Australian citizens, except those related to the judges or members of the Executive of the English Speaking Union in any State.

Eligibility for Secondary School Section: Entrants to the Secondary School section must be enrolled full-time at a secondary school in Australia.

Click here for the Entry Form

Format: Microsoft Word, double-spaced A4.

Separate title page with the author’s name, email address and telephone number; the title of the story; and a signed statement of citizenship and authenticity of the submitted story.
Secondary School Students should indicate the name of their school.
A title page template and entry form available on line and should be submitted along with the $60 entry fee for Adults and the $30 fee for Students.
Page 1. Should carry the title of the story but no information identifying the author.
Pages should be numbered from the first page of text and should carry the title of the story in the header.

Publicity and Publication: All stories submitted to the Roly Sussex Short Story Competition will be considered for publication by the ESU, and may be used for marketing and publicity in conjunction with the ESU. In submitting their stories for publication authors indicate their consent to these initiatives.

Copyright: Authors retain copyright of their work

Winning entries will also feature in a compendium of short stories produced by the ESU bi-annually.