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.