Voiceless is an Australian think tank working to protect kangaroos and factory farmed animals. Part of that endeavour is awarding the Voiceless Writing Prize sponsored by Australian Ethical Investment, which encourages more authors to explore issues of animal protection.
With a prize pool of over $20,000 it is one of the largest awards of its kind in Australia. Judged by an expert panel, the prize is awarded for Australian writing which advances the public's understanding of animal sentience, human-animal relationships and the ethical treatment of animals.
The 2013 Voiceless Anthology presents the very best of the bounty of entries received for this year's awards.
"This is a selection of lively, engaging and often passionately felt stories and essays revolving around one of the more urgent social and philosophical issues of our times."
- J. M. Coetzee, Winner of the 2003 Nobel Prize for Literature,
Patron of Voiceless and Chair of the judging panel.
Joining J. M. Coetzee on the judging panel were Voiceless co-founder and Managing Director, Ondine Sherman; Literary Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, Susan Wyndham; and immediate past Director of the Sydney Writers Festival, Dr Wendy Were.
The joint winners of the $15,000 writing prize were Wayne Strudwick for Caged and Craig Simpson for Kangaroo.
The print edition of the Anthology is now available in bookstores across Australia.
Alternatively, you can buy the eBook now for just $1.99 from any of the following retailers. 25% of eBook royalties will support the work of Voiceless in animal protection.*
- Readings, Gleebooks and other independent booksellers through Book.ish
- Google Play
The Anthology represents a diversity of views on human-animal relations spanning rural, urban and Indigenous perspectives. Some of the stories do not reflect Voiceless's own vision or mission but nevertheless challenge readers to grapple with a wide variety of opinions on animal protection and serve to fuel much-needed public debate and discussion. Voiceless's own views on animal protection are reflected in our reports, media releases and other communication materials.
In late 2012, Readers of the The 2013 Voiceless Anthology eBook were able to vote for their favourite short story or essay in the Readers’ Choice competition. Jessica Stanley won the prize, receiving $5000 thanks to the kind sponsorship of Voiceless Council member Deborah Debnam together with Peter Debnam.
*Voiceless received 100% of net receipts from eBook sales between its first publication and 26 November 2012 and 25% thereafter.
Readers' Choice sponsored by Deborah and Peter Debnam