2024 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Competition with $12,500 in prizes

ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Competition with $12,500 in prizes

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The ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Competition application call is open for 2024! This is the fifteenth time the Jolley Prize has run and it is one of the world’s leading prizes for short fiction.

ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Competition 2024 Details

The Jolley Prize is for an original work of short fiction of between 2,000 and 5,000 words, written in English. No, stories can be on any subject and in any style. 

No, the Jolley Prize is for fiction, although entries can be inspired by real life. Stories entered in the Jolley must be written by one individual author.


  • Entries are welcome from living writers writing in English anywhere in the world.
  • There is no age limit.
  • ABR staff and board members are not eligible to enter.
  • ABR contributors, editorial interns, and volunteers may enter.
  • The author’s name must not appear in the story or in the name of the digital file because judging is conducted blind.
  • Translations are not eligible.
  • Copyright in the story (or stories) remains with the entrant.

Formatting your entry

  • Entries must be submitted as Word documents (.doc or .docx).
  • The text should be presented in 12 pt font size.
  • The pages should be numbered.
  • The file name must only include the title of the story. Entrants must not include their own name in the title of the story or the file name.
  • Entries must be a single, original story of 2,000 to 5,000 words
  • Entries must be written in English.

Who can enter the competition?

The competition is open to all writers from all around the world.

Competition Entry fee

  • Online entry (current ABR subscriber) – $20
  • Online entry (standard/non subscriber) – $30*

Non-subscribers will receive digital access to ABR free of charge for four months.

ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Competition 2024 Prizes

$12,500 (first prize: $6,000, second prize: $4,000, third prize: $2,500)

Competition Application Guide

To enter the 2024 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize, follow these steps:

  • Create a free ABR account in the New User section below OR  to your existing account using the Existing User section below.
  • Once signed in, simply fill out the form below to enter the prize.

Multiple entries are welcome but you will need to enter them separately. 

Application Deadline

The short story must be submitted by 22nd of April 2024.

Competition Website

You can check the competition website following this link.

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