The Margaret River Short Story Competition has fast become one of the more diverse and inspiring short story competitions in the country. The list of previous contributors includes published authors Christine Piper, John Jenkins, Mark Smith, Isabelle Li, Jo Riccioni, and Michelle Wright, as well as many more voices set to lead the next generation of extraordinary Australian writers such as Laura Elvery, Charlotte Guest, Cassie Hamer, Melanie Napthine, Magdalena McGuire and Melanie Cheng.
The competition is open to authors of any age and nationality. Winning and shortlisted stories are published in both print and eBook format.
Word limit is 3,000 words.
Entry costs $15 and submission is by mail only. Entries close 10 October.
The collection will be edited by Ryan O'Neill.
First Prize sponsored by Margaret River Press: $500 cash prize, $500 contribution towards an airfare to attend the Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival and 3 nights accommodation (provided by Margaret River Press) and a two-week residency in Margaret River. Expenses during this period and transportation to and from Margaret River will have to be met by the winner.
Second Prize sponsored by Margaret River Press: $250 in cash and two week residency in Margaret River. Expenses during this period and transportation to and from Margaret River will have to be met by the winner.
Southwest Prize sponsored by Edith Cowan University (Bunbury): $250 cash prize. (Southwest Prize is open to residents from Bunbury to Augusta, including Dardanup, Boyanup, Donnybrook, Balingup, Greenbushes, Bridgetown, Nannup, Manjimup, Pemberton, Quinninup and Northcliffe).
For full terms and conditions, visit the website here.