University of Southern Queensland Steele Rudd Award for a Short Story Collection

2019 Shortlist

University of Southern Queensland Steele Rudd Award for a Short Story Collection

Congratulations to the finalists!

Zebra: And Other Stories (Pan Macmillan) by Debra Adelaide     

Judges' comments 

Exuberant and highly original, Zebra and Other Stories is ambitious in form and voice. The stories in the collection range from chilling to whimsical, each one told with a unique and impressive energy.

The True Colour of the Sea (Penguin Random House) by Robert Drewe

Judges' comments 

The True Colour of the Sea is a polished and highly accomplished collection. Subtle and often haunting, Drewe’s stories range from deeply poignant explorations of dysfunctional relationships to wry, light-hearted observations of life, all handled with consummate skill.

The Drover’s Wives (Brio) by Ryan O’Neill  

Judges' comments

O’Neill conjures 99 clever and witty versions of Henry Lawson’s short story, “The Drover’s Wife” in this impressive collection. From an epic poem to a Cosmo quiz, a meme to a self-help book, O’Neill has a lyrebird-like mastery of mimicry, and the literary skill to make it work.