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FAW State & Branch sponsored and Third Party Literary Competitions.

Results: 2017 FAW NSW Annual Writing Competitions

The FAWNSW Marjorie Barnard Short Story Award

Awarded to:
Gabrielle Leago for ‘The Dark Road Home’.

The FAWNSW Hilarie Lindsay Young Writers Short Story Competition for Australian School Children

Section 1: Senior Secondary (Years 10,

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Judge’s Report: The 2017 FAWNSW Marjorie Barnard Award

From a longlist of 12 very good stories, I eventually drew up a shortlist of 4:

  • 5: ‘Bad Bones’
  • 13: ‘Kind’
  • 38: ‘Thursdays at Samar’s’
  • 39: ‘The Dark Road Home’.

After reading and re-reading these four stories I finally decided the winner should be No.

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Prize-winning Story: The 2017 FAW NSW Marjorie Barnard Award

The Dark Road Home

by Gabrielle Leago

When we were young we ran laughing through storms. Now we shamble hip to hip, stepping carefully over puddles, scowling into wind-blown rain, his bones sharp against me. In the car park I’m cheered by the sight of the stolid ute,

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The Australian Inaugural So Bad It’s Good Writing Competition

Nambucca Valley Writers Group invites entries in its So-Bad-It’s-Good Writing Competition.

$500 first prize, $250 second, $100 third, plus e-book publication for fifty or so of the best of the bad.

Rules and examples of the genre can be viewed at www.nambuccawriters.info

If you are champing at the bit to write a narrative with more clichés than you can poke a stick at and if you can create similes that are so excruciatingly erroneous they’ll make everyone LOL this competition is for you!

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The Tasmanian Writers’ Prize 2018

Entries close February 18, 2018.

Open to residents of Australia and New Zealand, the prize is for short stories up to 3,000 words having an island, or island-resonant, theme.

The competition is run by Forty South Publishing, the largest book publisher in Tasmania and publisher of Tasmania 40° South magazine.

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Tom Collins Poetry Prize 2017

Closing date: 15 December 2017

The Tom Collins Poetry Prize is an annual competition inaugurated in 1975 by the Fellowship of Australian Writers Western Australia (FAWWA) in memory of Australian author Joseph Furphy (1843–1912). Under the name Tom Collins, he wrote the Australian classic,

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Golfwell 2nd Annual International Golf Story Writing Contest

Closing Date: Feb 1st 2018

Become an International Award Winning Author! Win $125 Amazon Books of Your Choice, Kindle Edition(s) of Golfwell’s Book(s) and more!

Email your Golf Story (700 words max.) and Photos if any to: moc.o1511073861ohay@1511073861tenll1511073861ewflo1511073861g1511073861. No entry fee. Enter by 1st February 2018.

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The Stringybark Malicious Mysteries Short Story Award 2017

Closing date 5 November 2017

Stringybark Stories is delighted to request the pleasure of your company for a journey into writing tales of mystery and imagination. Any tale with a mysterious element and perhaps a sting-in-the-tail is wanted for this latest intriguing short story competition.

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Macarthur Playwriting Festival 2017

Closing date 15 September 2017

Wingz Productions are currently seeking submissions for their annual playwriting competition, Macarthur Playwriting Festival 2017: ‘Don’t eat the Risotto’.

The short-listed plays will be staged on 25th November 2017 at the Town Hall Theatre, 297 Queen Street, Campbelltown as a part of the festival.

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The 2018 Sunday Times (UK) EFG Short Story Award

The most valuable prize in the world for a single short story.

Closing date: 28 September 2017.

The prize, worth £30,000 to the winner, is an international award, founded in 2010, that is open to any story of up to 6,000 words written in English.

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