The 2018 ESU Roly Sussex Short Story Award

The 2018 ESU Roly Sussex Short Story Award is now open for Entries, closing 30 June 2018. The 2018 Winners will be advised with details posted on the ESU Website on Friday 30 July 2018.

The Governor of Queensland, His Excellency the Hon Paul de Jersey AC will formally present the 2017 and 2018 Awardees with their Crystal Trophies at a Ceremony at Government House at a date to be advised in either August or September 2018 on the 100th Anniversary of ESU International.

The Board of Directors of ESU QLD express their grateful appreciation to His Excellency and Mrs Kaye de Jersey for their invaluable support of this most prestigious literary award.

The English Speaking Union (Qld) promotes global understanding and human achievement through the shared use of the English language


The ESU-Roly Sussex Short Story Award 2018

The English Speaking Union, QLD is delighted to have as our partner in English, Professor Roly Sussex. Professor Sussex is a Consultant to the Judging Panel. He is an Emeritus Professor of Applied Language Studies at the School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies at the University of Queensland and is a former chairman of the State Library of Queensland. He speaks Russian, French, Polish, Czech and Latin and is one of Australia’s leading experts on the meaning and origin of words and phrases including the evolution of the English language. Professor Sussex attracts a wide audience to his ABC Radio program A Word in Your Ear which has run for 15 years and is a weekly columnist for News Limited publications. The Competition is one of the most prized Literary Awards and is designed to foster original creative writing of outstanding quality, including experimental, challenging or thought provoking work. The Competition will be held every year, commencing in 2015.


Prizes: First Prize $7500
Second Prize: $1500
Best Secondary School Student story
First Prize: $1000
Second Prize $500
Highly Commended


Length: Maximum 3,000 words

Eligibility: Australian citizens who are not related to the judges or members of the Executive of the English Speaking Union Queensland.

Entrants to the Secondary School section must be enrolled full-time at a secondary school. Submitted stories should not have been published before.

Entrants should adhere to the following guidelines:

Submission Opening Date: 1 March 2018

Submission Closing Date: 30 June 2018

Address for Submission by email: info@anngarmsgifts.com.au

Click here for the Entry Form

Results: The results will be announced on Friday 30 July 2018. ESU will pay return travel from within Australia and a night’s accommodation in Brisbane for the intestate Winners

Format: Microsoft Word, double-spaced A4.

Separate title page with the author’s name, email address and telephone number; the title of the story; and a signed statement of citizenship and authenticity of the submitted story.
Secondary School Students should indicate the name of their school.
The entry form is available on line and should be submitted along with the $60 entry fee for Adults and $30 Students.

Page 1. Should carry the title of the story but no information identifying the author.
Pages should be numbered from the first page of text and should carry the title of the story in the header.

Publicity and Publication: All stories submitted to the Roly Sussex Short Story Competition will be considered for publication by the ESU, and may be used for marketing and publicity in conjunction with the ESU. In submitting their stories for publication authors indicate their consent to these initiatives.

Copyright: Authors retain copyright of their work



Emeritus Professor Roland Sussex OAM

Our Esteemed Friend in English

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William Shakespeare (1564-1616) had an extraordinary effect on the English language, not only by his unerring ear for the rhythm and cadences of the language, but also as a creator of new words and expressions.

Some phrases which we now regard as clichés began as original coinages with Shakespeare. Or maybe they were already in current use, and he simply picked them up and made them immortal? In many cases we simply can’t know. This paper discusses some of the 1,500 or so words which he is credited with introducing to English, and some of the phrases which are dated by the Oxford Dictionary from his works.

In Elizabethan England, as nowadays, people were confronted with a barrage of new terms on a regular basis. We will try to understand how some of Shakespeare’s neologisms worked.

Please ENJOY the Conversation with Professor Roly Sussex, our Friend in English

presented at ESU House on Sunday 26 June 2016.

Ann Garms OAM
President ESU QLD
Vice President AESU




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