The Newcastle Short Story Award


The Hunter Writer Centre


The Newcastle Short Story Award

Open to all Australian residents and citizens

Story length 2000 words

Over $3000 in prizes to be won
Closes 31 January 2016
Entry fee: $15

Enter here:

First Prize                                        $2000

Second Prize                                   $1000      – awarded by Leah Jay

2 x Highly Commended Awards:    $500 each – awarded by Tower Cinemas
Commended Award:                       $200 – awarded by Foghorn Brewhouse

$200 – awarded by Maclean’s Booksellers.

The judges will be: 

Glenys Osborne who has won numerous prizes for her short fiction. Her first novel, Come Inside (2009), won the Barbara Jefferis Award and was shortlisted for the 2010 Age Book of the Year, among other awards.

Glenys writes, edits and teaches. She was formerly fiction editor for the creative journal Etchings. She worked as a managing editor in educational publishing houses and as a freelance editor. She taught editing in RMIT’s Master of Communication for more than a decade. She is writing her third novel and a collection of short stories.

Michael Sala’s writing has been published in numerous national anthologies, including Best Australian Stories in 2009, 2010, and 2011. His first novel, The Last Thread, was published in 2012 and, in 2013, won the Commonwealth Book Prize (Pacific Region), and the UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.

Michael has a PhD in Creative Writing and lectures in numerous creative writing subjects at the University of Newcastle. He is currently working on his second novel, which is due to be published with Text in 2016.


Best of luck – and it’s always a good idea to read the work of the judges beforehand and get an idea of what they like:) You never know you may be in the next anthology of winning entries.



New National Short Story Competition for Australia



The Brotherhood of St Laurence has a new initiative – they have proposed a new national short story competition to explore hope and resilience in the face of poverty and disadvantage with a prize pool of $12,500.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence is a community agency that works to create a compassionate and just Australia. It is running the competition to encourage Australian writers to tackle a subject too often hidden from public view.

They have some high-profile judges:

Actor Cate Blanchett: ‘I am excited to take part in the Brotherhood short story competition and look forward to reading the stories that shine a light on disadvantage.’

Kate Grenville, one of Australia’s best-known writers: ‘Stories enrich both the storyteller and the story-reader, bringing new understanding and new perspectives to both.’

Quentin Bryce, former Governor General: ‘Poverty and disadvantage are pressing issues in contemporary Australia, especially in outer suburbs and rural areas. This important new short story competition will help illuminate this to new audiences.’


The Hope Prize is supported by publisher Simon & Schuster and books retailer Readings.

The generosity of the late Prudence Myer and the support of her family will ensure the winners of The Hope Prize will receive cash prizes:

First prize of $5000
Second prize of $3000
Third prize of $2000
Highly commended stories will each receive $500
An award of $500 will also be made to an emerging writer under 18.

The short story entered can be fiction or fact. Whatever the genre, the story submitted must convey the experience of people facing hardship in their lives. Stories must be between 2,000 and 5,000 words.

Further information and to enter go to

The deadline for entry is 31 January 2016.

The Southern Cross Literary Competition

Ballarat Writers are holding their bi-annual short story competition, The Southern Cross Literary Competition.

They are a small regional Victorian writers’ group and want to spread the word about the competition to all writing networks.

The competition closes on October 16, admissions accepted from July onwards.

The judge is Tony Birch, and first prize is $1500. All details, including submission guidelines can be found at:

The competition coordinator is Bronwyn Blaiklock of Ballarat Writers Inc details can be found here: short-story_comp2015

Prize: The winning entry will receive $1,500 (AUD)

Entry fee: $20 per story for Short stories to 3000 words, open theme.

To enter, go to: for full guidelines and entry instructions

Results: Announced online in November

How’s your Sense of Humour?

Can you write a humorous story?

Chris Broadribb organises The Best of Times short story competition #20.
For humorous short stories (any theme) up to 2500 words.
First prize: $300-$500 (depending on number of entries),

Second prize: $100.

Closes 31 Oct 2015.

No entry form is required.

Include a cover sheet with your name and address, story title and word count, and where you heard about the competition.

Entry fee is $10 per story. Send a cheque or money order made out to Chris Broadribb or use Paypal to pay
Post your entry to PO Box 55, Blaxcell NSW 2142 (including a large SSAE if you want the story returned and a results sheet, or a small SSAE for results only)

or email it to

Competition website:

Check out the website and read previous winners to give yourself an idea of what is wanted.


New Writing Competition – notJack Writer’s Prize


Today I received an email about a new writing prize – the notJack Writers’ Prize – with the theme of ‘writing from place’. It is a deliberately broad theme designed to encourage entrants from all genres, whose writing demonstrates creative engagement with place and/or shapes the significance of place for Australian writers and their readership.

Entries may be up to 3000 words or 40 lines of poetry. There are three cateogries – youth, open and Baringhup. Entry fees are either $10 or $20 according to category. The prize closes November 1st.  Please click on links below to go to the website and read the guidelines and obtain an entry form.

The notJack Writers’ Prize supports Australian writers in their creative engagement with place. Bush, country, coast, the countryside, land, property, suburbia – all these and more figure prominently in Australian writing, in shaping the significance of place for individual writers and in turn, forming iconic literary landscapes that sustain the cultural and national identities of readers.

Prize open July 13th – November 1st 2015

The prize welcomes submissions from all genres – including prose, essay, flash fiction, short story, poetry, biography, memoir, plays, screenplay – in which place, and writing from place, figures prominently. Submissions are not limited by the specific examples provided here.

notJack was established to support and protect iconic Australian literary landscapes, by fostering creative engagement with place and promoting the significance of place for Australian writers, their work and readership.

notJack currently supports the protection of the Moolort Plains, from and in which the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award Winner Romulus, My Father was written. The film of the same name was shot on site. In honour of this book, and the manner in which it crosses several genres to engage with place, the notJack writers’ prize accepts submissions from a wide variety of genres and writing styles.


Entry form:

I had a lovely chat with the organiser/Manager Yana Canteloupe and she is keen for writers to contact her if there are any obstacles to their participation.


m: 044 88 55 832

Prizes are substantial and desirable for any writer – masterclasses with respected and much lauded Australian writers:

What can I say?   GO FOR IT  and Good luck!!

Calling all poets and lovers of poetry

Poetic inspirations @ Emerald – A new Poetry Reading Project, every second Saturday of the month

Dimitri Troaditis has confirmed this project is going ahead, especially for all those who write in another language other than English and/or have their work in a bilingual or translated form.

First Reading is on

Saturday, April 11, 11.45AM-1.45PM

Featuring  Michael Crane  and  Esther Oliver

and open mic

Held at Emerald Hill Library & Heritage Centre

195 Bank St.,  South Melbourne   (opposite South Melbourne Town Hall)
11.45am- 1.45pm  (Library closes at 2pm on Saturdays)

The room can seat up to 30 persons. There is a kitchen available to use, with the usual facilities, including crockery and a hot water urn. The room also has audio visual equipment and screen if it will be required.

RSVP: Contact  and/or 0432 094 342

More Writing and Publishing Opportunities – 2015 Alan Marshall Short Story Award

Entries are NOW OPEN – Enter your short story.

Winners share a prize pool worth over $5,000 in cash plus professional development.

For more information and to enter go to

Alan Marshall Short Story Award Anthologies

… On the Loose To be Caught and Read with Book Crossing

Keep your eyes on the lookout for copies of the Alan Marshall Short Story Award anthologies Write On… and Illuminations.

The anthologies will be ‘released into the wild’ and able to be tracked using the BookCrossing website:

The Alan Marshall Short Story Award is presented by Nillumbik Shire Council in partnership with Yarra Plenty Regional Library.

Invitation to Inaugural Gwen Ford Talk – An Evening with Helen Garner

As part of the 30th anniversary celebrations for the Alan Marshall Short Story Award, this inaugural event honours the memory of one of the great contributors to the cultural life in Nillumbik Shire: Gwen Ford – gardener, writer, artist, social justice advocate, and friend to an entire community.

Guest speaker is, Helen Garner, one of Australia’s most loved – and read – writers. Helen will discuss This House of Grief, her most recent work, described by Peter Craven as ‘A magnificent book about the majesty of the law and the terrible matter of the human heart.’

The evening will also include a reading by Dennis Coard of the 2014 Alan Marshall Short Story Award Open Section winning story Last Man Standing by Michelle Wright.

Gwen Ford, whose anniversary falls in late March, was intimately involved with the Alan Marshall Short Story Award. Helen Garner is former judge of the competition. So all things come together for an evening of talk and fellowship.

Date: Wednesday 1 April 2015

Place: The Great Hall, Montsalvat, 7 Hillcrest Avenue, Eltham

Time: 7.00pm for 7.30pm

Tickets: $10

A glass of wine and light refreshments will be provided

Bookings essential at (03) 9439 7712 or


Further information:

Clare Leporati | Literary Arts Project Officer
Nillumbik Shire Council | Civic Drive (PO Box 476) Greensborough Victoria 3088
9433 3126 | |