Category: Short story competitions

Win $5000 with ELLE magazine’s short story competition

ELLE magazine have launched their first ever writing competition (for short stories up to 4000 words). Not only is there $5000 up for grabs for the winner, their story will also be published in the January 2018 edition of ELLE. From the ELLE website: We're on the lookout for... read more

25-word Short Story Challenge: Winner and top 50!

Back on the shortest day of the year, we put out a simple challenge to you – write us a 25-word story. The only rule was that it contain the words “violin” and “victory”. The rest was up to you. The one we judged our favourite would win free access... read more

COMP CLOSED: Short story challenge: June 2017

Wednesday 21 June 2017 marked the shortest day of the year here in the Southern Hemisphere – the winter solstice. We’re currently having four and half fewer hours of daylight than we’ll get on 22 December (the longest day). Four and a half hours! But it’s okay, because... read more

Poetry and Short Story Competitions Closing In June

The Hunter Writers Centre are running two writing competitions closing in June 2017. 2017 Grieve Writing Competition First up is the 2017 Grieve Writing Competition. The Grieve Writing Competition is in honour of Grief Awareness Month (August) with a prize pool of $7,000. Applicants are encouraged to submit a... read more

SHORTLIST PART 2: Your 99-word stories featured!

Last month in our weekly newsletter, we asked our readers to write us a story of no more than 99 words (not including optional title). Each story had to begin with the words “It hadn’t always been blue” and contain three other words: “clock”, “crisp” and “cuff”. Beyond this... read more

SHORTLIST PART 1: Your 99-word stories featured

Recently in our weekly newsletter, we asked readers to write us a story of no more than 99 words (not including optional title). Each story had to begin with the words "It hasn't always been blue" and contain three other words: "clock", "crisp" and "cuff". Beyond this brief, it... read more

Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction 2017

The Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction is back for 2017! This competition is open to women, female-identifying and non-binary writers and is hosted by Lip Magazine with the winner taking home a $1,500 cash prize and extra bonuses like a 12-month online subscription to Books + Publishing... read more

4 competitions for short story writers

Writing competitions can be a great motivational tool. Do you have a story idea that you would love to explore further? A neglected draft patiently waiting for you on your computer? Why not enter these short story competitions and use the submission deadline to your advantage. You may even find... read more

Enter the Overland Short Story Prize for your chance to win $6000

Australian and New Zealand short story writers, this competition is for you. The Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize for new and emerging writers is now open for the fifth consecutive year. They are welcoming pieces no longer than 3,000 words. To qualify, you must not have published more... read more

Explore love with this competition

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Ah February. Some people count down the days to February 14th with amorous impatience, some hate it with a fiery passion, while others adjust their hipster glasses and scoff, "Hallmark day". Whatever your views on February 14th, if you've got a manuscript exploring love in any of its forms... read more

VU Short Story Prize for New and Emerging Writers

Are you a new or emerging writer? Check out Overland's short story competition: From Overland's website: The Overland Victoria University Short Story Prize for New and Emerging Writers is now open. This annual competition encourages excellent and original short fiction by new writers of up to 3000 words... read more

22nd Scarlet Stiletto Awards

Ladies of crime (writing), here's a competition just for you! The 22nd Scarlett Stiletto Awards are now open and, thanks to Every Cloud Productions, the prize pool has increased to $9350! Woah! From the Sisters in Crime website: Every Cloud Productions, the producers of the internationally-acclaimed crime drama... read more

The Ruth Rendell short story competition 2015

Writers in all genres, hear ye, hear ye! A huge competition is underway. Can you whittle your words down to the best 1000 or fewer? Here's your chance to gallantly win the tournament and take home the gold... er... we mean pounds. The challenge for writers is to write... read more

Short Story Competition: Win cash + a desk!

A fantastic opportunity is coming up, with the 2015 Sydney Writers’ Room (SWR) Short Story Competition opening for entries on 1 June. According to SWR, stories should be limited to 2500 words and must be single-authored and unpublished. Entries are accepted online only, either as Word Documents or PDF... read more

Turn sadness to joy: ‘Grieve’ writing competition

The 2015 Hunter Writers Centre ‘Grieve’ short story competition is on once more, inviting writers to submit their original works to be judged – with two prizes of $1000 up for grabs, along with many smaller category prizes as well. Last year, Sharon Elisara, a graduate here at the Australian Writers... read more

2015 Jolley Short Story Prize entries open now

Want to win some serious cash for your short story? Well, read on because entries are now open for the 2015 Australian Book Review Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize. With a prize pool of $8000, and a maximum word count of 5000 words, it’s certainly a pretty good rate... read more