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The Stringybark Malicious Mysteries Short Story Award 2018

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In 2013 we ran the first Stringybark Malicious Mysteries Award and it was a great success.  We published wonderful tales of mystery and imagination and this time around we want to repeat the process.  Any tale with a mysterious element and perhaps a sting-in-the-tail is wanted for this intriguing short story competition.  Be sure to read a copy of the 2013 anthology, Malicious Mysteries to get an idea of what the judges will be looking for.  You can buy a copy by clicking here.


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 5 November 2017. Results will be posted on this website on 16 January 2018.


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: Malicious Mysteries, Gift of a Casserole,  The Seven Deadly Sins, Tainted Innocence and Role of a Lifetime. 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 Malicious Mysteries Award anthology)

(Value $150)


SECOND PRIZE

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

(Value $300)

FIRST PRIZE

A$450 cash + publication + e-book + paperback + choice of any two Stringybark anthologies (other than the Stringybark Malicious Mysteries  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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