Short Story Prize – Wollongong Writers Festival

I am delighted to be coordinating Wollongong Writers Festival’s inaugural Short Story Prize this year. The whole team is getting very excited for the 15 September deadline, which just keeps getting closer and closer!

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Judged by Michelle Cahill, editor of Mascara Literary Review (whose collection of short stories is out now via Giramondo), and Patrick Lenton, author of the hilarious A Man Made Entirely of Bats and online writer extraordinaire, the competition offers the winner a $1000 prize and publication in Mascara Literary Review.

Patrick LentonJUDGE Michelle Cahill

The theme for this year’s competition is Tidal. Wollongong is a beautiful coastal city, but you still never know just what might wash up on the shore! I am really hoping people will take this theme and make it their own. That means submissions don’t have to be all about the beach  (unless that’s what you want!). We are also strongly encouraging international submissions to the Prize. Just because Wollongong is a regional city doesn’t mean we don’t want the best of what the world has to offer!  All submissions are blind judged and our Judges will be looking for a story that makes them sit up in their seats, regardless of genre. The word limit is 2,500, and we’re keen to see stories of any length below that limit (we love short short stories too!).  Submissions close at midnight, Australian Eastern Standard time on the 15th of September.

I wish any would-be submitters out there the best of luck!


In short:

Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Competition

Closing Date: 15th September, 2016

Open to: All

Theme: Tidal

Accepts: Fiction

Size: up to 2500 words

Entry Fee: $12 (Aus)

Prize: $1000 and publication in Mascara Literary Review


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