New National Short Story Competition for Australia

THE HOPE PRIZE

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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.’

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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 bsl.org.au

The deadline for entry is 31 January 2016.

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Catch-Up What’s On and Competitions For Writers

Sincere apologies for taking so long to update this blog, but shortage of time and wearing multi-hats is the price paid by volunteers who still have all the demands of “life” while they try to be creative.

This is a timely intro into the new state government’s request that all those involved in what they refer to as the Creative Industries,  anyone with a connection to ‘the arts’, submit ideas, opinions, and comments on a discussion paper, Let’s Get Creative About Victoria’s Future. Your contribution will help form Victoria’s first Creative Industries Strategy.

I went to a workshop last week and here is my blog on what we discussed. The Victorian Writers’ Centre has a lot to suggest too and this can be read here. The most important take away is the closing date for submissions is soon – please connect and contribute, it’s important. We don’t often get asked and this is an inclusive process – you can even remain anonymous and just click on suggestions you agree with on an interactive page online!

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2015: Call for Entries

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is open for entries. Now in its eighth year, the Prize is an internationally renowned award presented by Aesthetica Magazine that enables emerging and established writers to showcase their work to new, international audiences.

Judged by industry experts including Arifa Akbar, literary editor of The Independent and inewspapers, the prize awards £500 to each winner in Short Fiction and Poetry as well as publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual, a compelling anthology of new writing.

Prizes include:

£500 Poetry winner
£500 Short Fiction winner
Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual
One year subscription to Granta
Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage
Complimentary copy of the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual
There are two categories for entry: Short Fiction (maximum length 2,000 words each) and Poetry (maximum length 40 lines each).

Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2015.  Here is the link.

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The Geoff Dean Short Story Competition

The Geoff Dean Short Story Competition is open to all Australian writers for short fiction between 3000-10,000 words. The competition is presented by the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre and Island Magazine, in conjunction with the Geoff and Elizabeth Dean Foundation. Entry fee is $20. First prize is $2,000.

Closes 31st July

2015 Poetic Christi Press Poetry Competition

The theme for Poetic Christi Press’s poetry competition is ‘imagination’. Poems must be previously unpublished. Maximum length is 50 lines. First prize is $300; second is $100. Twenty five poems will be selected to be included in an anthology to be published by the press. Entry fee is $6 per submission.

Closes 31st August

Melaleuca Blue Life Writing Competition

This year we are going to collect flash-memoir, short stories and prose about your schooling life, and in particular a funny or useful lesson learned at school. The title of the book will be “Do nuns wear knickers? True stories of school life and what we really learned.”

Kari O’Gorman is seeking a wide range of experiences and especially types and generations of schooling. If yours is not successful, it is not likely due to your quality of writing, it is simply for variety sake.

In addition, we are also seeking photos or images of school as fillers in the book. We also would like some filler stories to be collected verbally and written down in less than 300 words. So if you know of anyone with an interesting school story who perhaps doesn’t like to write, please find out if you can record them with their permission and ask if they want to be included in the book.

Closes 14th August

Writing Competition For Unpublished Fiction, Non-Fiction Or Poetry Submitted In English 2015

Thank you to the Australian Writers network for this information:

THE PROVERSE PRIZE 2015 IS NOW OPEN FOR ENTRY!

Entry is open to all aged 18 or over on the date they sign the Entry Documents, irrespective of residence, nationality or citizenship. Translations into English are welcome. Work may be previously edited, acknowledging the editor.

The winner receives publication of the entered work and HK$10,000. (HKD7.80 approximately = US$1.00) Additional publication prizes may be awarded.

The Entry Documents and an explanation as to how to enter are available from the Proverse website

The online archives of our past Newsletters and Press Releases, with selected media notices and links to media interviews, give information about the founders and background of the Proverse Prize, previous winners and successful works already published, including entries from Australia, The Bahamas, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and the UK.

There are also many photographs of related Proverse events. To see these, visit the Proverse website.

This is a good opportunity to compete internationally and, if successful, to be published. Wishing you success in your writing.

PROVERSE PRIZE HONORARY ADVISORS: Bahamian poet Marion Bethel, UK linguist and lexicographer David Crystal, Canadian poet and academic Jonathan Hart, Swedish linguist Björn Jernudd, Hong Kong University Librarian Peter Sidorko, Singapore poet Edwin Thumboo, Czech novelist translator and poet Olga Walló.

DEADLINE for completed entry forms and fees to be received in Hong Kong OR the United Kingdom: 31 May 2015.

DEADLINE for entered work to be received by mail in Europe: 30 June 2015.

The entry fee is AUD38.00 (to be paid by PayPal).

If you have a question of a general nature about entering for the Prize, please contact the following email address: proverseprize@proversepublishing.com.

JUDGES: Anonymous, appointed on a three-year term.

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