Joseph Furphy Commemorative Literary Prize

The Joseph Furphy Commemorative Literary Prize was inaugurated in 1993 to commemorate 150 years since the birth of Joseph Furphy. Under the pen name of Tom Collins, Joseph Furphy wrote a number of books and articles. His best known work is Such is Life. The Furphy Foundry Pty Ltd generously donates the prize money for this annual competition.

Calling all poets and story writers! Entries are invited to the 2018 Joseph Furphy Commemorative Literary Prize.

Poetry entries may be on any subject in any style and are judged in two categories.

  • The Youth Section is for entrants up to 18 years of age and carries a prize of $75 for a poem of up to 30 lines. 
  • The Open Section carries a prize of $150 for a poem up to 40 lines.  

Entries for the Short Story Competition are judged in three categories.

  • The Junior Section caters for entrants up to 12 years of age and carries a prize of $50 for a story up to 2,000 words. 
  • The Youth Section, for entrants 13 to 18 years of age, carries a prize of $100 for a story of up to 3,000 words.
  • The Open Section carries a prize of $300 for a short story with a maximum word limit of 3,500 words.

Entries for the competition close on 19 October 2018. Entry forms are available from all branches of Goulburn Valley Libraries, or may be downloaded below.

For further information please contact Jan Sutton on 1300 374 765 or email programs@gvrlc.vic.gov.au.