The Stringybark Times Past Award 2016

The Stringybark Times Past Award is now open..

You have 1500 words to produce a short story that will delight the judges. This is an Australian history themed competition where you have to create a yarn based on some real event in the past. How much dramatic licence you include is up to you.

There is a total value of over $950 worth of prizes in cash and books available. Stories must be sent via email. Closing date for entries is 31 July 2016.  For more information, including entry conditions please click here.

Owing to popular demand, feedback is now available.  For further information click here.


Winners of Stringybark Short Story Awards and highly commended stories are published. The latest book, Standing By containing the winners of the Stringybark Short Story Award 2015 has been published.  You can buy this book here or ask your friendly local bookshop for a copy.

Also available are:

The Ghostly Stringybark from the Ghostly Stringybar Short Story Award 2015

Non Posso from the Stringybark Travellers' Tales Award 2015.

No Tea Tomorrow from the Stringybark Short Story Award 2014

Cocktails from the Stringybark Erotic Short Fiction Award 2014

Role of a Lifetime from the Twisted Stringybark Award 2014

A Tick Tock Heart from the Stringybark Future Times Award 2014

Side by Side from the Stringybark Short Story Award 2013

Malicious Mysteries from the Stringybark Malicious Mysteries Short Story Award 2013

Stew and Sinkers from the Stringybark ‘Times Past’ Short Fiction Award 2013

Valentine’s Day from the Stringybark Erotic Short Fiction Award 2013

The Very End of the Affair from the Stringybark Humorous Short Fiction Award 2013

Fight or Flight from the Stringybark Young Adult Fiction Award 2013

Behind the Wattles from the Stringybark Flash and Microfiction Awards 2012

The Seven Deadly Sins from the Stringybark Seven Deadly Sins Short Fiction Award 2012

Tainted Innocence from the Twisted Stringybark Short Story Award 2012

The Road Home from the Stringybark Short Story Award 2011

Marngrook from the Stringybark Australian History Short Story Award  2011

The Heat Wave of ’76 from the Stringybark Erotic Fiction Award 2011

A Visit from the Duchess from the Stringybark Speculative Fiction Award 2011

Between Heaven and Hell from the Stringybark Flash Fiction Award 2011

The Umbrella’s Shade from the Stringybark Short Story Award 2010

Four books in the Editor’s Choice collection are now available: The Bridge (2011), a collection of Australian short stories; Between the Sheets (2012), an anthology of erotic tales; Yellow Pearl (2012), Australian historical stories, and Hitler Did It (2013) contain some of our favourite stories submitted to the Stringybark Short Story Awards.  These are all available in the bookshop.

Our published short stories are clever, poignant, witty, amusing, sometimes sad; but always well written and provide insight into Australia and Australians.

These anthologies illustrate what makes a great short story.  You can’t write short stories unless you are familiar with the genre. Buy a copy and be entertained by quality Australian writing.


The Stringybark

Short Story Awards

A short saying contains much wisdom — Sophocles

So does a short story.  A short story distills the best from the art of story-telling.  A short story is never boring and always leaves the reader wanting more.


Australia has always inspired writers. From Roderick Flanagan to Murray Bail, Australia’s ancient landscape has inspired a different kind of writing from that produced by Europeans and North Americans.  Perhaps it is the landscape, but equally it might be the people. Australia has both an ancient history and also a vibrant modern history.  We have vast open spaces and dense cities. We have hot dry deserts, wet tropical forests and cold frozen wilderness.  We are a nation of contrasts.  Our future is ours to make of it what we will. There is so much to write about...

From this page you can visit current short story competitions, check out the results from completed competitions and also purchase clever and entertaining books.

Inspiring creativity


If the current competition doesn’t suit you, maybe on of our planned ones might be up your alley.  Have a look here for our program for the rest of the year.


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Links to Australian Writers Centres and other organisations or individuals who may be useful to the short story writer can be found here.