Short Story Competition – June 2013 – Theme: Mystery or Detective

The Australian Literature Review has been running monthly short story competitions for AprilMay and June.

The theme for June is: 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.

Entry is free. Stories should be submitted to as an attached document or in the body of the email.

– a book pack (titles below) courtesy of Simon & Schuster Australia
– feedback of 400-500 words on your story by Phillipa Fioretti

House for all Seasons by Jenn J McLeodThe Island HouseBlack RosesClose My EyesRed SparrowThe Accidental ApprenticeSumerford's AutumnThe Burgess Boys

Stories for May are due by midnight on the 20th and the winner will be announced on the 30th. Stories should be previously unpublished.

Shortlisted stories each month will be displayed on The Australian Literature Review, helping writers reach readers and gain recognition.

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.


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. Each has a first prize of $2000 and entry costs $10 if you pay your entry before the end of June.


The Australian Literature Review

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