The Stringybark 
Short Story Award
 
 

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 books related to the competitions.


CURRENT COMPETITIONS - OPEN



The Stringybark Erotic Short Fiction Award 2014


The Stringybark Erotic Short Fiction Award 2014 is now open. 


You have 1800 words to produce a short story that will delight the judges. International entries welcome.


There is a total value of over $860 worth of prizes in cash and books available.  Stories must be sent via email.   Closing date for entries is 5 October 2014.  Winners will be notified by 10 December 2014.  For more information click here.


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


BOOK SHOP

NOW OPEN

Winners of Stringybark Short Story Awards and highly commended stories are published.  The latest book, A Tick Tock Heart which contains the winners of the Stringybark Future Times Award 2014 has been published.  You can buy this book here or ask your friendly local bookshop for a copy.


Also available are:

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

  1. Fight or Flight, from the Stringybark Young Adult Fiction Award 2013

  2. Behind the Wattles, from the Stringybark Flash and Microfiction Awards 2012

  3. The Seven Deadly Sins, from the Stringybark Seven Deadly Sins Short Fiction Award 2012

  4. Tainted Innocence, from the Twisted Stringybark Short Story Award 2012

  5. The Road Home from the Stringybark Short Story Award 2011

  6. Marngrook from the Stringybark Australian History Short Story Award  2011

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

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

  9. Between Heaven and Hell from Stringybark Flash Fiction Award 2011; and

  10. 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 David Vernon’s favourite stories submitted to the Stringybark Short Story Awards.  The are available in the bookshop.


For readers, our published short stories are clever, poignant, witty, amusing, sometimes sad but always well written and give an insight into Australia and Australians.


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


PAST COMPETITIONS — CLOSED


  1. BulletThe Twisted Stringybark Award 2014 closed on 29 June 2014.  Winners will be notified by 2 September 2014 and will be listed in the archived web page for this competition.


  1. BulletThe Stringybark Future Times Award 2014 closed on 13 April 2014.  Winners were notified by 17 June 2014 and are listed in the archived web page for this competition.  A paperback, A Tick Tock Heart (in press) and an e-book has been published.


  1. BulletThe Stringybark Short Story Award 2013 closed on 19 January 2014.  Winners were notified by 25 March and are listed in the archived web page for this competition.  A paperback, Side by Side  and e-book has been published.


  1. BulletThe Stringybark Malicious Mysteries Short Story Award 2013 closed on 20 October 2013.  Winners were notified on 17 December and are listed in the archived web page for this competition.  A paperback, Malicious Mysteries and e-book has been published.


  1. BulletThe Stringybark Times Past Short Story Award 2013 closed on 2 July 2013.  Winners were notified on 17 September and are listed in the archived website for this competition.  A paperback and e-book, Stew and Sinkers has been published.


  1. BulletThe Stringybark Erotic Short Fiction Award 2013 closed on 31 March 2013.  Winners were notified on 15 June 2013 and are listed in the archived website for this competition.  A paperback and an e-book, Valentine’s Day, has been published.


  1. BulletThe Stringybark Young Adult Short Fiction Award 2013 closed on 13 January 2013.  Winners were notified on 12 March 2013 and are listed in the archived website for this competition.  A paperback and an e-book, Fight or Flight, has been published.


  1. BulletThe Stringybark Humorous Short Fiction Award 2013 closed on 24 November 2012.  Winners were notified on 26 March 2013 and are listed in the archived website for this competition.  A paperback (in press) and an e-book, The Very End of the Affair has been published.

  2. Bullet The Stringybark Flash Fiction and Micro Fiction Award 2012 closed on 26 August 2012.  Winners were notified on 11 November 2012 and are listed in the archived website for this competition.  A paperback and an e-book, Behind the Wattles has been published.


  1. BulletThe Stringybark Seven Deadly Sins Short Fiction Award 2012 closed on 10 June 2012.  Winners were notified on 6 August 2012 and are listed in the archived website for this competition.  A paperback and an e-book, The Seven Deadly Sins has been published.


  1. BulletThe Twisted Stringybark Short Story Award 2012 closed on 4 March 2012.  Winners were notified on 16 May 2012 and are listed in the archived website for this competition.  An e-book and paperback, Tainted Innocence has been published. 


  1. BulletThe Stringybark Short Story Award 2011 closed on 18 December 2011.  Winners were notified on 14 February 2012 and are listed in the archived website for this competition.  A paperback and an e-book, The Road Home, has be published.


  1. Bullet The Stringybark Australian History Short Story Award 2011 closed on 21 October 2011.  Winners were notified on 28 December 2011 and are listed in the archived website for this competition.  A paperback and an e-book, Marngrook, has been published.

  2. Bullet The Stringybark Erotic Fiction Award 2011 closed on 7 August 2011.  Winners were notified on 14 October 2011 and are listed in the archived website for this competition.  A paperback and an e-book, The Heat Wave of ’76, has been published.


  1. Bullet The Stringybark Speculative Fiction Award 2011 closed on 30 May 2011.  Winners were notified on 31 July 2011 and are be listed in the archived website for this competition.  A paperback and an e-book, A Visit from the Duchess  has been published.


  1. BulletThe Stringybark Flash Fiction Award 2011 closed on 31 March 2011.  Winners were notified on 30 May 2011 and are listed in the archived website for this competition.  A paperback and an e-book, Between Heaven and Hell has been published.

  2. BulletThe Stringybark Short Story Award 2010 closed on 14 December 2010.  Winners were notified on 28 February 2011 and are listed in the archived website for this competition.  A paperback and an e-book, The Umbrella’s Shade has been published.



FUTURE COMPETITIONSNOT YET OPEN

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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USEFUL LINKS

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


 

Welcome

A short saying contains much wisdom — Sophocles


But 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.

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