Short Story Competition

2015 Short Story Writing Competition 

 

* EXTENDED DEADLINE AND NEW ENTRY INSTRUCTIONS ARE DETAILED BELOW *

As part of Morrison Mentoring’s support of the creative community in Australia, you are cordially invited to enter the 2015 Short Story Writing competition. The theme is “Flourish”, and entries should refer to this theme, however tangentially. Open interpretation of the writing prompt is encouraged. There are four categories: 

 

Category A: Open entry

Open to any Australian resident. First Prize: $250 + publication in anthology; Highly Commended: publication in anthology

Category B: Senior Secondary

Open to any student enrolled in Year 11 or 12 at an Australian school. First Prize: $100 + publication in anthology; Highly Commended: publication in anthology

Category C: Middle Secondary

Open to any student enrolled in an Australian school up to Year 10. First Prize: $100 + publication in anthology; Highly Commended: publication in anthology

Category D: Speculative Fiction

Open to any Australian resident. Any genre in the SF family accepted, including but not limited to fantasy, science fiction, horror and stema

First Prize: $250 + publication in anthology

Highly Commended: publication in anthology

The anthology of winning and highly commended entries will be published in both ebook and paperback formats, and will be available for purchase from 1 December 2015.

Cost: $5 per entry. Multiple entries are permitted. Significant discounts are available for bulk entries of 20 or more stories, for example, by schools or by writing groups. Please contact catie@morrisonmentoring.com.au for details.

How to enter: Individuals - Please submit entries online by emailing your story/ies and cover page/s to catie@morrisonmentoring.com.au. You will receive a PayPal invoice for the $5 entry fee. Bulk entries – please contact catie@morrisonmentoring.com.au for instructions.

Word Limit: 3000 words. (Please note that entries above 3000 words will not be considered for judging.)

Important Dates: All entries must be received by midnight on Sunday 25 October 2015. Entrants will be informed of the winning and highly commended stories on or before Friday 6 November; winners by phone, if they provide a number. Anthologies may be ordered/purchased from Tuesday 1 December, or earlier, as advised.

Full Terms & Conditions are available here.

 

2014 Competition Results

 

Morrison Mentoring is delighted to announce that Joanna Watts' short story "Glint" is the winner of this year's Short Story Writing Competition. 

The calibre of stories received this year was very high. These stories have been named Highly Commended by the judges: 

Dianne Bond, The Glint of Gold

Katherine Challis, Unseen Baggage

Leonie Crowden, A Matter of Judgement

Steve Harrison, Mad House

Oliver Lee, Greed

Beverley Lello, Sent Packing

Beverley Lello, Smoke and Mirrors

Carmel Lillis, Mea Culpa No More

James Ian McKenzie, The Entrepreneur

Annabelle Oomens, An Old Man

Fiona Perry, Paperweights

Janeen Samuel, The Tower and the Tennis Court

Sarah Stroes, A Tale of Two Suns

Kerry Lown Whalen, A Small Town

Caitlin Whyte, Blue 

 

The Winning and Highly Commended entries are now available in an anthology, in both electronic and paperback form. The ebook is now available on lulu.com: search for "Glint". If you would like to order paperback copies, please email catie@morrisonmentoring.com.au 

 

2013 Competition Results

Winners

Category A: Open

“The Watchers” by Caitlin Whyte ($250 prize)

Category B: For Australian high school students up to and including Year 10

“Summer Tragic” by Elizabeth Law ($100 prize)

Category C: For Australian school students in Year 11 and 12

“Meteoric” by Cameron Croese ($100 prize)

 

Highly Commended

“The Apple Tree” by Letitia Kavanagh

“See Something” by Jonathon Cusack

“Blue Poles” by Vickie Walker

“Minding the Goldfish” by Beverley Lello

“Jetty Cat” by Mark Fowler

“Weekend Away” by Evelyn Maree Arnold

“The Funeral” by Isabella McNickle

“The Shark of the Seven Seas” by James Ian McKenzie

“The Bridge” by Casey Millikin

“From the Ground” by Tina Gamble

“The Solo” by John Bryan Cooper

“An Unusual Kind Of Love” by Christine Bayly

“Red” by Alyssa Forbes-Nicholson

“Killing Winter” by Kaylia Payne

“Shame” by Chantelle Fifield

“My Summer of Stories” by Carmel Lillis

“Harold Caught the Train” by Maxim Ross

“A Casual Affair” by Kerry Lown Whalen

“A Bad Boy” by Kerry Lown Whalen 

The Winning and Highly Commended entries are now available in an anthology, in both electronic and paperback form. The ebook is now available on lulu.com: search for "Glint". If you would like to order paperback copies, please email catie@morrisonmentoring.com.au