Short Story Comp – Oct 2011


The Australian Literature Review is running monthly short story competitions for September, October and November 2011.

Stories should be 1,000-3,000 words in length and fit the theme for the relevant month. Stories should be submitted to as an attached document or in the body of the email. Multiple entries per month are permitted but don’t submit the same story for more than one month. Stories are due by midnight on the 20th of each month and the winner will be announced on the 30th of each month.

October (theme: Espionage and Deceit)

Stories should have a strong element of spying, secret infiltration of other people’s activities, or dishonestly associating with people. This doesn’t have to be government espionage. For example, a member of one team, business, organisation, friendship group, or family infiltrating another to gain knowledge or evidence, to sabotage or achieve other goals.

Prize: a book pack (titles below) courtesy of Hachette Australia.

         The Broken OnesDouble Dexter: A NovelThe Sookie Stackhouse Companion: A Complete Guide to the Sookie Stackhouse SeriesSatoriA Discovery of WitchesSpartanWings of Fear

Entry is free.

Writers from outside Australia are welcome to enter to have your story displayed on the site but only writers living in Australia are eligible for the monthly prize. International writers should indicate in your email if you live outside Australia.


Worse Things Happen at Sea: Tales of Life, Love, Family and the Everyday Beauty in BetweenAlso, Hachette Australia’s Worse Things Happen at Sea Competition is running until October 31st for 700-1200 word true stories. The prize includes the winner’s story being read out loud by William McInnes (Blue Heelers) and put online, the winning story published on the Hachette Australia website, and more. Further details are available at

The Australian Literature Review

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8 Responses to Short Story Comp – Oct 2011

  1. Pingback: Short Story Competitions – Sep/Oct/Nov 2011 | The Australian Literature Review

  2. Bronwyn Clifton says:

    Thanks, I enjoyed reading about your competitions. When will info. be posted for those coming up early next year?

    • auslit says:

      Hi Bronwyn,

      Details of future short story comps are not yet decided.
      You can stay up to date with news on future short story comps by friending ‘Aus Lit’ on Facebook, following ‘@AusLit’ on Twitter, adding ‘AusLit Review’ to one of your circles on Google+, or checking the Competitions menu tab from time to time.

  3. Virginia Woolf says:

    What is the theme for the month of November?

  4. Bronwyn Clifton says:

    I entered a story in the October comp. When are those shortlisted announced?

  5. Bronwyn Clifton says:

    Just wondering if you can put in more than one entry. Also what the judges are using as criteria?

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