Entries close on 1 April 2016 (must be postmarked by this date, or submitted via online entry).
The competition has an open theme and is open to all writers currently residing in Australia. Entries must be unpublished works and not have won prior recognition.
Entrants may submit up to five stories with a word limit of 600 words per story.
This competition includes a number of categories including an Open category with a $200 First Prize, $100 for Second Prize and $50 for Third Prize. The Novice Award is $50 and the Julian Cowan Youth Award, donated by Mrs Diana Cowan, is also $100. Four, Highly Commended and four Commended certificates will also be awarded in the competition.
2016 Peter Cowan 600 Short Story Competition
PROSE: Maximum of 600 words per entry
PRIZES: 1st $200; 2nd $100; 3rd $50
Novice Writer Award $50
Julian Cowan Youth Award $100
Four Highly Commended certificates
Four Commended certificates
ENTRY FEE: $10.00 each; $20.00 for three entries; $30.00 for five entries; Student entries $5 per entry.
CLOSING DATE: 1st April 2016
AWARDS DATE: 5th May 2016
BACKGROUND: The Peter Cowan 600 Short Story Competition was launched by the Peter Cowan Writers Centre in 2010 in honour of Peter Cowan (1914–2002), one of Western Australia’s most esteemed writers and academics. It is fitting that the competition celebrates short story writing as Peter Cowan published several volumes of short fiction and is well known for writing in this genre. Peter was the recipient of several major writing awards and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1987. He was named a Western Australian State Living Treasure in 1999.
Peter Cowan Writers Centre
Phone: 08 9301 2282