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
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.