Griffith Review Edition 54

EARTHLY DELIGHTS – THE NOVELLA PROJECT IV

These stories are rich in nuanced characterisations. The collection chosen is sure to appeal to a wide range of reading tastes. – Sally Breen (judge)

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Griffith Review once again showcases some of the best new Australian fiction with its fourth novella competition, Earthly Delights.

Judges this year were novelist and Novella Project III winner Nick Earls; publisher and Stella Prize founder Aviva Tuffield; and creative writing lecturer and novelist Sally Breen.

The winning entries range widely in theme, voice and style. Suzanne McCourt boldly ruminates on sexual taboos; Stephen Orr explores the nuances of the student–teacher bond; Graham Lang finds unlikely tenderness in a bleak ending; Melanie Cheng walks the line between inspiration and desire in life and art; and Daniel Jenkins plunges into the day-to-day negotiations of Westerners in the Middle East. Earthly Delights also features the final words of fiction in Cory Taylor's wonderful and enduring written legacy.

Winners of Earthly Delights – The Novella Project IV will share in $25,000 prize money, thanks to the support of the Copyright Agency's Cultural Fund.