The Australian Literature Review is running monthly short story competitions for April, May and June.
Stories should be 1,000-3,000 words in length and fit the theme for the relevant month. Stories should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org as an attached document or in the body of the email. Multiple entries are permitted but only submit each story for one of the months. Stories should be previously unpublished.
Stories are due by midnight on the 20th of each month and the winner will be announced on the 30th of each month.
Shortlisted stories each month will be displayed on The Australian Literature Review, helping writers reach readers and gain recognition. The winning story each month will receive a book pack and feedback from a published novelist.
Writers outside Australia are welcome to enter to have your story shortlisted and displayed on the site but only writers in Australia are eligible for the monthly prizes. International writers should indicate in your email if you live outside Australia.
APRIL (theme: Conflict Between Close Friends)
Stories should have a strong element of conflict between characters who are or were close friends.
MAY (theme: Small Town Setting)
Stories should be clearly set in a small town. Note that this is a short STORY competition, so your characters should do something interesting in your small town setting. It should not just be a contemplation of the setting.
JUNE (theme: Mystery or Detective)
Stories should have a strong mystery element with clear stakes for the characters, and this mystery could be pursued by an everyday character or a professional.
The fan fiction competitions for The Life and Times of Chester Lewis and for Possessing Freedom are also open to entries of 2000-4000 word stories until August 31, and each has a first prize of $2000.
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