Authors are reminded that entries close 16 March for the Voiceless Writing Prize sponsored by Australian Ethical Investment.
The Prize is one of Australia’s most innovative and lucrative short form writing competitions and will this year award a total prize pool of well over $20,000 to writers who compellingly address the relationship between humans and animals.
Nobel Laureate J. M. Coetzee, who has written extensively on the ethics of our treatment of animals, is Patron of the prize and will be chair of the judging panel. He is joined by Voiceless co-founder and MD Ondine Sherman; Literary Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, Susan Wyndham; and immediate past Sydney Writers Festival Director, Dr. Wendy Were.
The Voiceless Writing Prize is made possible by Australian Ethical Investment who will this year award the winner with $15,000, while the public will vote for the People’s Choice to receive $5,000 funded by Voiceless Councillor Deborah Debnam together with Peter Debnam. Australia’s largest independent publisher, Allen & Unwin, will publish a collection of the best pieces in 2012 and all writers published in the collection will receive $500.
The Sydney Morning Herald is supporting the Prize as Media Partner.
Writers are encouraged to submit fiction and non-fiction pieces of 5,000-10,000 words with a focus on animals raised for food or found in the Australian environment.