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UPCOMING COMPETITIONS

The Stringybark Short Story Awards exist to promote and develop short story writing in Australia. Checkout our current competitions here. Future competitions are listed below.

STRINGYBARK TIMES PAST AWARD 2020

Owing to popular demand, the Stringybark Stories Times Past Award will be back in 2020! We have always had a bit of a bent for Australian historical fiction but our competitions go a little further. Our Times Past Awards ask our writers to take a particular historical incident and weave a story around it. This has led to some fabulous historical fiction writing. We recommend that you read some previous competitions winning stories to get a sense of what we love. Have a read of Marngrook, Yellow Pearl, Stew and Sinkers or Longing for Solitude.  You can obtain copies by clicking here.


Opens:  Monday 3 August 2020

Closes: Sunday 27 September 2020

Length: ≤1500 words

STRINGYBARK SHORT STORY AWARD 2020

Our annual open-themed short story award produces wonderful tales and there is little doubt the 2020 competition will do the same.  It's always worth reading what the judges are looking for so pick up a copy of Timber!, A Nice Boy, Standing By, No Tea Tomorrow or Side by Side. You can obtain copies by clicking here.


Opens: Monday 16 November 2020

Closes: Sunday 31 January 2021

Length: ≤1500 words

STRINGYBARK TALES WITH A TWIST AWARD 2020

This year we will be running our third Tales with a Twist Award. This competition invites authors to pen a short story about anything you like - the only condition? It has to have a twist at the end of the tale! It's always worth reading what the judges are looking for so pick up a copy of Tainted Innocence and Role of a Lifetime. You can obtain copies by clicking here.


Opens: Monday 9 March 2020

Closes: Tuesday 13 May 2020

Length: ≤1500 words