A collection of the best entries in the inaugural Voiceless Writing Prize, designed to recognise the best Australian short fiction and non-fiction that has at its heart the place of animals in the world we have made.
Voiceless is an Australian think tank promoting respect and compassion for animals. Part of that endeavour is the awarding of the Voiceless Writing Prize sponsored by Australian Ethical Investment. With a prize pool of over $20,000 it is one of the largest awards of its kind in Australia. Judged by an expert panel, the prize is awarded for Australian writing which advances the public's understanding of animal sentience, human-animal relationships and the ethical treatment of animals. The 2013 Voiceless Anthology presents the very best of the bounty of entries received for this year's awards.
'... a selection of lively, engaging and often passionately felt stories and essays revolving around one of the more urgent social and philosophical issues of our times.'
- J.M. Coetzee, Winner of the 2003 Nobel Prize for Literature, Patron of Voiceless and Chair of the judging panel
J. M. Coetzee, 2003 Nobel Laureate and twice winner of the Man Booker Prize, will chair the judging panel and serve as Patron of the Prize. Joining him on the judging panel are: Voiceless co-founder and Managing Director, Ondine Sherman; Literary Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, Susan Wyndham; and immediate past Director of the Sydney Writers Festival, Dr Wendy Were.