The Hope Prize: short story competition – Entries Open Now!


The Brotherhood of St Laurence is working to create a compassionate and just Australia where everyone can take part in the social and economic life of our nation.

We are a prosperous country, but there are far too many pockets of poverty and disadvantage in our cities, suburbs, regions and remote areas.

In establishing The Hope Prize – a new national short story competition  –  we want to encourage Australian writers to tackle a subject that is all too often hidden from public view or reduced to clichés.

  • First prize of $5000
  • Second prize of $3000
  • Third prize of $2000
  • Highly commended stories will each receive $500
  • An award of $500 will also be made to an emerging writer under 18.

The deadline for entry is 31 January, 2016.
Stories submitted must be between 2000 and 5000 words.

The short story entered can be fiction or fact. Whatever the genre, the story submitted must convey the experience of people facing hardship in their lives.

Check out the competition guidelines here.

click to download Hope_Prize_Short_Story_Competition_Entry_Form

The judges: Cate Blanchett, Kate Grenville and Quentin Bryce

Three leading Australians, actor Cate Blanchett, author Kate Grenville, and the former Governor General Quentin Bryce, will judge the Brotherhood of St Laurence The Hope Prize.

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