Australian independent book publisher Dark Prints Press is looking for novellas of 15,000 to 40,000 words within the dark fiction rainbow. This includes:
- Dark Fantasy
- Dark Comedy
- Any work with a dark or supernatural element
According to their website:
Payment is as follows:
- E-Book Series: AUD$100 advance, 40% royalty on a list price of $3.99
- Print Series: Additional AUD$100 advance, 20% royalty on RRP $7.99
The Cancer Council Victoria has announced their Cancer Council Arts Awards 2012.
They are looking for short stories of up to 1,000 words and poetry of up to 300 words. Short stories will be short listed by Antipodes and judged by Arnold Zable. Poetry will be short listed by Australian Poetry and judged by Dr. Jennifer Harrison.
The theme for 2012 is Strength. It takes strength to face a diagnosis of cancer. Whether directly affected or by supporting a loved one, many will draw on their inner strength to help them through such a difficult time.
Outstanding entries are awarded $1,000. Highly commended and commended prizes will also receive awards.
The submission deadline is 5 pm, 27 April 2012.
Visit their website for more details and submission guidelines at artsawards.com.au.
The Common Thread Writing Group has announced their 2012 short story competition.
They are looking for short stories of 3,000 to 5,000 words that are well written and demonstrate a depth of characterisation and attention to story structure. Stories will be judged by author Pippa Kay.
First Prize: $500
Second Prize: $200
The entry fee is $10.00 per entry. There is an optional fee of $15 for those wishing to receive feedback about their story.
The submission deadline is 27 April 2012. Winning stories will be offered publication in The Common Thread Anthology 2012, which will be published in December 2012.
Stringybark Stories has announced their latest short fiction competition and winners of the Stringybark Short Story Award 2011.
The Stringybark Seven Deadly Sins Short Fiction Award 2012
Lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride. Surely all good short stories must contain one of these elements? Here’s your chance to showcase your one or more of your deadly sins in the Stringybark Seven Deadly Sins Short Fiction Award 2012. Stringybark Stories is delighted to invite all writers to enter their best work in this entertaining competition The maximum word length of your story is 1500 words and it must relate to one of the sins. There is over A$600 in prizes available, cash, plus publication for place-getters and highly commended stories. There is an entry fee of $9.95 (discounts for multiple entries)
Closing date 10 June 2012. International entries warmly invited. Details: http://www.stringybarkstories.net
Results of the Stringybark Short Story Award 2011
On 14 February 2012, the judges announced the winning stories in the Stringybark Short Story Award 2011. From floods to dog clipping and from dingo hunting to romantic sailing, the winning entries are now available in a new anthology The Road Home. The book is named after the winning entry, The Road Home, by Victorian writer, Beverley Lello. The story explores the the emotions of the Great Australian road trip and its impact on the travellers.
Second place went to About Time by Kerry Cameron (NSW). What is life and what is death and when does one let go? These big issues are explored in this sensitive story.
The Strong Boy, the third-place getting story, by South Australian writer, John Scholz examines the meaning of courage and compassion in the context of a simple family fishing trip.
A full list of winner and place-getters can be found on our website: http://www.stringybarkstories.net
The Henry Handel Richardson Society has recently launched their Centenary Writing Competition with Helen Garner serving as judge.
From adults (18 and older) they are looking for short stories or non-fiction essays, up to 5,000 words, with some link to Henry Handel Richardson and /or her work. The winner will take home $1000, plus a boxed set of The letters of Henry Handel Richardson, edited by Clive Probyn and Bruce Steele
From students, years 10 – 12, they are looking for an original piece of writing in any genre up to 1,500 words with some link to Henry Handel Richardson and/or her work. The First Prize is $350 cash, plus a set of text classics valued at over $380. Second Prize is 20 text classics. Third Prize is 10 text classics
The submission deadline is 31 August 2012.
Visit their website for more details, including entry forms and submission guidelines, at henryhandelrichardsonsociety.org.au.