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.

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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.

Win $2500 in the Somerset Celebration of Literature Novella Competition!

Cash Prize $2500 | Gold Coast Flights | Meet Penguin Publicist

somerset novella poster

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).

For more information and details on how to enter, visit our website.

For the poetically inclined the Festival is also running a Poetry Competition, click on the link below for details below:

Somerset Celebration of Lit

Fuzzy Mud Creative Writing Competition for students. Enter Now!

Win books for you and your school!

To celebrate the release of Fuzzy Mud by the bestselling author of HolesLouis Sachar, Bloomsbury is giving students the chance to win a $200 book pack for themselves and another one for their school!

fuzzy mud writing comp

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 with the student’s name, age, and parent/guardian’s email address. The deadline for entries is 31st October 2015.

Get writing!

Year 9 English Students Play Casting Director

Today Year 9 English students had the opportunity to play casting director in their own adaptation of a short story.

goodreads list     jane campionAfter 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.

Some useful links and the worksheets are below: Short Story Collection 2015Film Resources.

Character Map Female

Character Map Male

Casting the Characters and Setting Worksheet

short story index  Short Story index. Browse and read short stories online.

Neil Gaiman’s Free Short Stories

19 Short Stories from Nobel Prize Winning Author Alice Munro

10 Wonderful Stories to Read Online from Flavorwire

100 (or so) Great American Short Stories

The Footpath Library Epic! Short Story Competition Now Open

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

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.

Katharine Susannah Prichard Short Fiction and Speculative Fiction Awards 2014

KSP Writers' Centre

Are you a writer? Do you love writing? There are loads of writing competitions with great prizes (not to mention the fame, oh the fame!) open to enter each year in Australia and overseas. The Katharine Susannah Prichard Short Fiction Award 2014 and The Katharine Susannah Prichard Speculative Fiction Awards 2014. are now open to enter. There are two categories, an ‘Open’ category with a small entry fee and a ‘Youth’ category which is free to enter. Click on the links for competition rules and an entry form. Both categories have a maximum word length of 3000 words. Get writing!

Download Entry Form

  • Open Category: 1000 minimum – 3000 maximum
  • Young Writers Category: 200 minimum – 3000 maximum
  • Entry fee: Adults $7.00, youth enter free
  • Closes: 5pm, Friday 19 September, 2014

If you like writing Fantasy, Science Fiction or Horror/Supernatural fiction there is also The Katharine Susannah Prichard Speculative Fiction Awards 2014. Entry forms and info here.

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.

New Film Adaptation of Tim Winton’s Book The Turning Released

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.

In order to imaginatively transpose the 17 distinct but linked short stories from this volume, producer/director Robert Connolly has invited 17 individual directors and their crews to each interpret a single story. The result is impressive and at over three hours long immersive, in the way every Tim Winton book seems to be.

Packing some stellar Australian acting talent with amongst others, Rose ByrneCate Blanchett, and Hugo Weaving, Miranda OttoRichard RoxburghThe Turning absorbs the viewer just as the original set of stories did.

Showing in most capital cities for a limited time.

Dogs in Fiction

dog booksThere 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.

The Dog and the Novel: Loyal Companions by Beth Carswell from Abe Books.

Great “Dog” books from Goodreads’ Listopia.

Amazon’s Listmania selection of lists of dogs in fiction books.

Reading Bugs Dog Book lists, from picture books all the way to adult fiction.

What’s the Librarian Reading Now?

VAGABONDHOLES   Author Biography

Mr Bull is currently reading Vagabond Holes: David McComb & The Triffids edited by Chris Coughran & Niall Lucy and Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical by 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.

Robert Shearman is a prolific English playwright and screenwriter who has produced three volumes of short stories, this being the second. His other claim to fame is as the first writer to bring back the Daleks in television’s Doctor Who in his hugely popular episode, Dalek. Check out my post about his appearance at the Adelaide Writers Festival 2012.

‘New’ F. Scott Fitzgerald Short Story Finally Published After 76 Years

A previously unpublished short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the famed author of The Great Gatsby has finally been published by the magazine that originally rejected it 76 years ago. The current editor of The New Yorker magazine wasted no time in publishing the story which was unearthed amongst his belongings by his grandchildren and resubmitted.