The Stringybark Open Short Story Award 2023

Closing date: 12 February 2023

Stringybark Stories is proud to announce its 40th short story competition. The Stringybark Open Short Story Award 2023 is now accepting entries. 

So clean the spilt coffee out of your keyboard (or sharpen your goose quill – whichever is more appropriate) and start writing a 1500-word (max) story that will excite the judges. We are looking for great short stories on any theme at all. But to just make life not too easy, the story has two stipulations:

Firstly, it is to be written for those over the age of 16 and secondly, it must have a link, no matter how tenuous, to Australia. The story could be set in Australia or have an Australian in it. Anything really. Your choice!

Length: Up to 1500 words maximum. 

There is an award pool of over $1300 in cash and books to encourage you in this endeavour, provided by Graeme Simsion, Anne Buist and our sponsor Stringybark Publishing. 

Entry fees: $15 for one story, $28 for two stories, $39 for three stories (max).

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