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Stringybark Open Short Story Award 2023


Monday, February 12, 2024


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Entry Fees

$15 discounts for multiple entries


$1,300 in cash, books and publication. Cash prizes for top four entries.


Stringybark Stories is proud to announce its 40th short story competition. The Stringybark Open Short Story Award 2023 is now accepting entries. Thanks to authors Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist our award pool is bigger than ever! So clean the spilt coffee out of your keyboard (or sharpen your goose quill — whichever is more appropriate) and start writing a 1500 word (max) story that will excite the judges. We are looking for great short stories on any theme at all. But to just make life not too easy, the story has two stipulations. Firstly, it is to be written for those over the age of 16 and secondly, it must have a link, no matter how tenuous, to Australia. It could be a mention of a Vegemite sandwich, or the fact that Australia is the world’s biggest exporter of climate-destroying coal. The story could be set in Australia or have an Australian in it. Anything really. Your choice!

We have an award pool of over $1,300 in cash and books to encourage you in this endeavour, provided by Graeme Simsion, Anne Buist and our sponsor Stringybark Publishing. Entries close Feb. 12, 2023.

Contact Information

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