on 29 October, 2013

Michelle Michau-Crawford wins 2013 Jolley Prize

Australian Book Review is delighted to announce that Michelle Michau-Crawford has won the 2013 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize for her story 'Leaving Elvis'. David Malouf named Michelle as the overall winner at an event at Gleebooks last night. Michelle receives $5000 for her winning story, which was drawn from a field of 1200 entries.

Judges' Report
'Our winner, ''Leaving Elvis'', manages to tell a story of regret and adolescent memories – a story containing a relinquished baby – and the pain of silence. It is distinctively and successfully achieved through the undercutting of wry language and expression and gentle humour. The figure of the grandmother in the story – a fiercely loyal survivor – is a wonderful creation. We were impressed by the breadth of this story; the way it was shaped and told made it our unanimous choice as winner for 2013. It also, curiously, had echoes of the distinctive elements of Elizabeth Jolley's own fiction and the subterranean worlds of silence and deception, and unlikely heroes, she created in her books.'
Tony Birch, Maria Takolander, and Terri-ann White