CURRENT COMPETITION – OPEN
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.
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:
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.
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.
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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