Short Story Competition

$1,100 in Prizes

1st Prize $700
2nd Prize $300
3rd Prize $100


WINNER Hope Street by Hayley Young

2ND PRIZE The Coffee Drinkers by Beverley Lello

3RD PRIZE Grief in Four Movements by Naomi Currie

HIGHLY COMMENDED Creeping Pines by Ana Louisa Davis

HIGHLY COMMENDED Jesse, Jessy, and Me by Alexandra Svoboda

HIGHLY COMMENDED Fragment by Keren Heenan

Read the judges comments and the winning stories here

Longlist for 2021

The Ruby Portal by Maria Bonar

Creeping Pines by Ana Lousia Davis

Fragment by Keren Heenan

House Party by Michelle Prak

Falling Stars by Donald Linke

The Seventh Wave by AJ Lyndon

Jesse, Jessy and Me by Alexandra Milne

In Limbo by Rosemary Stride

Hope Street by Hayley Young

Grief In Four Movements by Naomi Currie

About Time Zena Shapter

It Doesn’t Look Good by Catherine Deery

Little Red Sandals by Myra Koch

Ocean View Crescent Zachary Pryor

The Coffee Drinkers by Beverley Lello


Meet the Judges

Hayley Lawrence

Hayley has Published two Young Adult novels. Inside the Tiger won a Litlink Residency in 2016 and a PIP Fellowship in 2017 at Varuna, the Writers’ Centre, before being shortlisted for the Australian’s Vogel Award in 2017, and published in 2018. Ruby Tuesday published September 2020  explores  how strength and healing can be found in the wildest of places a celebration of the joy in music and creativity, and of strong, equal friendships and relationships.

Jacqui Winn

Jacqui Winn

Jacqui is a multi-award-winning writer of short stories and has been published many times in Australia, New Zealand, UK and Ireland. She has judged a number of national short story competitions and gives workshops on writing to writers’ groups in NSW and interstate. She loves reading almost anything and when judging for competitions she is impressed with memorable characters, strong narrative voices and finely crafted language. With her husband, she lives on a farm with cows, goats and chickens on the Mid Coast of NSW.

Leonie Harrison

Leonie Harrison

Leonie has a major in creative writing from the University of Canberra. She writes mainly short stories and flash fiction across a range of genres with a number of publications to her credit. She has also had success in the writing competition sphere with several winning and highly recommended entries. She enjoys sharing her love of writing and encouraging others to create their best work.