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.
The Somerset National Novella Writing Competition is open to all Australian high school students. It is a wonderful opportunity for serious student writers, encouraging them in their literary growth. And there are also some fantastic prizes on offer!
Here’s what the competition entails:
Write a novella of between 6,000 and 10,000 words
Submit it by 4 December 2015
Have it judged by an expert panel
Winners from each State will be flown to the Gold Coast to enjoy the Somerset Celebration of Literature in March 2016 and will also receive a cash prize
On top of the prize for being a State winner, the National winner also receives a first prize of $2,500, as well as a full editorial report from Penguin Random House (Australia)
The Somerset National Novella Writing Competition is proudly sponsored by Bond University and Penguin Random House (Australia).
To celebrate the release of Fuzzy Mud by the bestselling author of Holes, Louis Sachar, Bloomsbury is giving students the chance to win a $200 book pack for themselves and another one for their school!
To enter, students must write a short story with the following title: “A little mud never hurt anyone, did it?” Entries must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with the student’s name, age, and parent/guardian’s email address. The deadline for entries is 31st October 2015.
Today Year 9 English students had the opportunity to play casting director in their own adaptation of a short story.
After choosing a short story of 10 pages or less from the Library collection students had to read their story, paying close attention to the setting and the characterization of the main and secondary protagonists. After completing a short setting and character worksheet, students cast real-life actor’s in the principal roles of their imaginary film adaptation.
Following on from the success of our Epic! Poetry Competition, The Footpath Library has launched the Epic! Short Story Competition for primary and secondary school students.
Students are invited to submit a short story under 300 words focusing the theme of “Home is …”.
Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in two age categories – Primary Students and High School Students. For each age category the prizes are:
1st prize – Notebook laptop
2nd prize – Camcorder
3rd prize – Digital camera
OPENING & CLOSING DATES
The Competition opens on Day One Term One 2015 and all entries must be submitted by 5pm (AEDST) on Thursday 2 April 2015. Click here to enter.
So who was Katharine Susannah Prichard? Katharine Susannah Prichard was the first Australian novelist to gain international recognition. In 1915, her novel, The Pioneers, won the Hodder and Stoughton All Empire Literature Prize for Australasia. Read more about her via the links below.
It seems inevitable that if you write books as well as Tim Winton, sooner or later someone will make a movie of it. Thankfully, the film adaptations tend to be pretty good overall. Directors are wise not to stray too far from the deft plotting and lyrical sophistication of our acclaimed writer’s stories. In the Winter Dark,That Eye, The Sky and now The Turning have all been translated for the screen. Whilst The former two are quite faithful representations of Winton’s originals, The Turning stands out as a unique and ambitious cinematic experiment.
There are many inspirations for writing but some seem to crop up more than others. Animals and dogs in particular have provided the narrative drive for countless novels and short stories. Having recently rescued a four-year old miniature bull terrier ourselves, I started to reflect on all the stories I knew where a dog was the driving force.
Check out the links below for a veritable panoply of canine fiction; classic, modern and contemporary.
Mr Bull is currently reading Vagabond Holes: David McComb & The Triffidsedited by Chris Coughran & Niall Lucy and Love Songs for the Shy and Cynicalby Robert Shearman. David McComb was an Australian singer/songwriter best known as the Lead Singer/Guitarist with groundbreaking Perth band The Triffids. Named after the British writer John Wyndam’s famous dystopian novel, McComb Garnering wide critical acclaim with this band especially in the UK and Europe. The lineup included McComb’s brother Robert, future Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds bass player Martin P. Casey and pedal and lap steel guitar legend, ‘Evil’ Graham Lee. McComb became a member of The Blackeyed Susans, as well as forming a shortlived post-Triffids band The Red Ponies. His only solo album Love of Will has become highly collectible following the singer’s untimely death at age 37.
A previously unpublished short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the famed author of The Great Gatsbyhas finally been published by the magazine that originally rejected it 76 years ago. The current editor of The New Yorker magazinewasted no time in publishing the story which was unearthed amongst his belongings by his grandchildren and resubmitted.