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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
November (theme: Murder)
Stories should have murder as an important element of the story. The can be from the point of view of a murder victim, a murderer, a character plotting or attempting a murder, a character investigating a murder, a friend or family member of a character who has been murdered, etc.
TIPS: Don’t write a plotless contemplation of the impact of murder on a character’s mental wellbeing. Don’t tell your story ‘in the tradition of’ or ‘in the style of’ a famous type of murder mystery or crime fiction; for example, if you have a contemporary story about a character who is a rock climbing instructor there is no need to have them speak and narrate like a 1940s ‘hard-boiled’ private detective.
Prize: a book pack (titles below) courtesy of Simon & Schuster Australia .
Entry is free, but you are welcome to purchase one of The Australian Literature Review’s short story collections if you would like to support the site and the authors involved. Further details can be found via the AusLit Publications page.
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.
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