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The Stringybark Short Story Award 2018

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Each year, around Christmas time, we run our annual open short story award.  We accept any theme and any genre but there are three stipulations.  Firstly, your story has a link, no matter how tenuous, to Australia. Secondly it is written for an audience over sixteen years of age.  Finally it is no more than 1500 words in length.  


The  prize value for this competition is over $1175 in cash and books thanks to the generous support of Corporate Keys. 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 18 March 2018. Results will be posted on this website on 22 May 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. We've had marvellous entries over the years we have been running this Award and it is well recommended that you read some of them to get an idea what we are after.  Try reading No Tea Tomorrow, A Nice Boy, Standing By or Side By Side.  You can buy copies by clicking here.


This competition closes:

THIRD PRIZE

A$125 cash + publication + e-book + paperback + choice of any two Stringybark anthologies (other than the Stringybark Malicious Mysteries Award anthology)

(Value $175)


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$500 cash + publication + e-book + paperback + choice of any two Stringybark anthologies (other than the Stringybark Malicious Mysteries  Award anthology)

(Value $550)


PREVIOUS COMPETITIONS

PRODUCED THESE ANTHOLOGIES AMONG MANY OTHERS

ENTRY FEES

One story - A$12.50

Two stories - A$24.00

Three stories - A$33.00

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 30 stories = $150)


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