Fantastic(a) Shortlist


In its inaugural year, the Fantastica Prize received 80 entries from Australia and New Zealand and the judges had a very difficult job, debating and discussing at length to reach a shortlist. 

We are proud to announce the shortlisted works:

BG Hilton for Shelley

Jan Henderson for Hide

Mark Braidwood for The Beasts of Nenovar

Anna Paxton for Lamb

Alison Ferguson for Grey Nomad

Ben Marshall for The Last Circus on Earth

The winner will be announced in the coming weeks. 

The Fantastica Prize

Fantastica invites Australian and New Zealand writers to submit science fiction manuscripts for consideration.

What are we after

  1. Science fiction, not fantasy. Anything high-tech, low-tech or even no-tech (if you are OK with post-apoc style sci fi?). Stories set on a generation ship, on a futuristic terra firma or on a planet a million light years away.

  2. Manuscripts of 30,000 words or more.

  3. Works that start with a bang, blow our minds and subvert our expectations.

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