announcing the 2019 LIMINAL FICTION PRIZE longlist

The Liminal Fiction Prize is a new literary prize for Australian Writers of Colour. With an inaugural theme of ‘the future’, we sought fiction of a new world: not the stuff of flying cars or robots, but a future that pulls against or weaves together Australia’s many fabricated histories.

With over 130 entries from writers of colour, our readers had the enormously difficult task of creating our longlist for the Liminal Fiction Prize. We’re excited to share it. Our shortlist will be announced next week; our judges, Brian Castro, Julie Koh and Evelyn Araluen are reading for our inaugural winner.

Liminal fiction prize Longlist

Bryant Apolonio — ‘Bad Weather’
Kasumi Borczyk — ‘Cheese Me Please’
Claire Cao — ‘See You Tomorrow’
Claire G. Coleman — ‘Wish You Were’
Elizabeth Flux — ‘The Voyeur’
Jason Gray — ‘Couchsurfer’
Eda Gunaydin — ‘öz’
Naima Ibrahim — ‘Auburn Heights’
CB Mako — ‘West of the Sun and Sea’,
Sumudu Samarawickrama — ‘Nectarine’
Mykaela Saunders — ‘Terranora’
Bobuq Sayed — ‘The Revolution Will Be Pirated’
Victor Senthinathan – ‘Suburban Graveyard’
Misbah Wolf — ‘Her Hands’ 
Hannah Wu — ‘Dried up in Aralkum’
Jessica Zhan Mei Yu — ‘Tongue’ 

Congratulations to the longlisters! These stories will be published in an anthology with Brow Books, arriving in 2020.

To anyone whose pieces didn’t make it, we thank you for entering: we are keenly aware of the guts, hard work and courage it takes to write in this world, let alone submit to a writing prize. We will have more exciting projects and prizes to for you to enjoy and enter in the future.