Current Fiction Student Madelaine Lucas Wins 2018 Elizabeth Jolley Story Prize

BY Zoe Contros Kearl, September 12, 2018

Current student Madelaine Lucas won the the Australian Book Review’s prestigious Elizabeth Jolley Story Prize for her short story Ruins. Judges said of Lucas's winning story, "Sensual, tactile, and full of quiet fire, Ruins is a story bold and assured enough to take the questions that lurk in literature's heart - questions of love, desire, and choice - and ask them outright."


The Australian Book Review’s Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize is one of Australia's leading prizes for an original short story. It honors the work of the great Australian writer Elizabeth Jolley (1923–2007) and has been taking place since 2010. This year, the contest attracted nearly 1,200 entries from thirty-five countries. The Jolley Prize is worth a total of $12,500. The 2018 judges were Patrick Allington, Michelle Cahill, and Beejay Silcox. The three shortlisted stories appear in the August issue.


Madelaine Lucas is an Australian writer and musician based in Brooklyn, New York. She is the senior editor of NOON Annual literary magazine and a former teaching fellow at Columbia University, where she is completing her MFA in the fiction program. Her work has been published in The Believer, Literary Hub, Catapult, The Lifted Brow, and elsewhere. She has been the winner of the Overland/Victoria University Short Fiction Prize and was shortlisted for the Griffith University Josephine Ulrick Literature Prize. She is currently at work on her first novel.