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The Stringybark 'Dog Eat Dog' Award 2017

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Following on from our popular thematic Stringybark Erotic Fiction Award 2015 where the story related to the name of a cocktail, this new award gives writers free-rein to dance with the Devil and break the ground rules of good writing by submitting a story which contains a common cliché and is titled that cliché. There are some great lists of clichés on the web to whet your appetite.  For example:

681 Clichés to avoid in writing or read the Wikipedia article: to get a sense of its meaning.


NOTE: This competition is not to see how many clichés you can shoehorn into your story.  Rather it is for inspiration.  We don’t like clichés and wouldn’t want to see more than one in your tale. The  prize value for this competition is over $1000 in cash and books.  International entries are most welcome. The story must:

1. Address the theme;

2. Be written for an adult audience (that is, we aren't after children's stories); and

3. Be 1500 words or fewer in length.


Closing date for entries is 16 July 2017. Results will be posted on this website on 26 September 2017.


Owing to popular demand, feedback is now available.  For further information click here.


If you need some guidance in how to write stories that  judges will love, read some of our previous anthologies that contain winning stories. These anthologies will give you a clear sense of what the judges are looking for. Consider reading: The Seven Deadly Sins, Malicious Mysteries, Hitler Did It and No Tea Tomorrow. They are all available as paperbacks or e-books and can be obtained from The Bookshop by clicking here.


This competition closes:

THIRD PRIZE

A$100 cash + publication + e-book + paperback + choice of any two Stringybark anthologies (other than the Stringybark Dog Eat Dog Award anthology)

(Value $150)


SECOND PRIZE

A$250 cash + publication + e-book + paperback + choice of any two Stringybark anthologies (other than the Stringybark Dog Eat  Award anthology)

(Value $300)

FIRST PRIZE

A$450 cash + publication + e-book + paperback + choice of any two Stringybark anthologies (other than the Stringybark Dog Eat Dog  Award anthology)

(Value $500)


PREVIOUS COMPETITIONS

PRODUCED THESE ANTHOLOGIES AMONG MANY OTHERS

ENTRY FEES

One story - A$12.00

Two stories - A$22.00

Three stories - A$30.00

SUBMISSION CHECKLIST


1. Read the Entry Conditions

2. Pay the Entry Fee

3. Download the Cover Sheet

4. Fill in the Cover Sheet

5. Paste your story into the Cover Sheet

6. Email the Cover Sheet to us!


HIGHLY COMMENDED


Publication + e-book

(Value

$5 x 27 stories = $135)


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CLOSED

16 JULY 2017