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Anthology of short stories III – Writers wanted!

14 December 2012 4 comments

Anthology III 2013

Themed: April Fools

Brought to you by the Melbourne Writers’ Social Group

Sponsored by the Story Mint




Read on to be a part of this amazing anthology of short stories.


All styles of writing are eligible for the anthology. Register between now and February 1st 2013. Create a great story and get it to a fully edited stage before March 2013.

All guidelines will be emailed to you after you register.


This is our third anthology of short stories and will be published on April 1st 2013. Themed April Fools.

Our anthologies are born from a different theme with each publication. The first being, Valentine’s Day (2012). As you would expect many of the tales were quite sweet. Yet, we also had stories that endevoured to chill the hearts of our reader’s.

Our following anthology was published December 2012, The Holiday Season in Melbourne. Each unique Melbourne tale satisfyingly different and touching on a wide variety of holiday seasoned themes.


You can download either of these anthologies online:


Anthology I:

Anthology II:


We don’t mind what genre you choose, but you must include some reference to April Fools, no matter how small. And a reference to Melbourne (Australia) must be included, even if in passing.

One submission per person only.

Word count for you story (fiction or non-fiction): 1000-2000 words. Unfortunately we can not have any exceptions to this rule. Even if it is one word outside of this limit your story will not be considered.

If you intend on submitting a poem, then the word count is different: 500 words maximum. No minimum.


Please register your interest to be involved with this anthology by emailing Mat Clarke:

Registration opens December 14 2012 and closes February 1st 11.59pm.

After you have emailed Mat Clarke you willll be contacted within 3 business days and emailed an easy to fill in form to read and complete.

The information emailed to you includes the process we go through to ensure we publish quality work. Please make sure you read the information carefully.

You can of course email Mat back if unsure about anything.


All money earned from the sales of the anthologies (a very small amount) is put back into running the next one and holding the weekly meetings and other events with the Melbourne Writers’ Social Group – which are free to attend :)Anthology II

April Fools

Brought to you by the Melbourne Writers’ Social Group

Sponsored by the Story Mint

Writers wanted!

12 October 2012 Leave a comment

Writers wanted! (click here)

Anthology II 2012

Holiday Season in Melbourne (Australia)

Brought to you by the Melbourne Writers’ Social Group

Sponsored by The Story Mint

Last year we developed a small book of short stories for Valentine’s Day. Some of those stories were sweet and others not so sweet. This year we are kicking off another anthology with all stories themed for the coming holiday season in Melbourne, Australia.

You are not ruled by any genre and you are certainly not limited to just the more merry times over December; feel free to use the horror genre, for example.

You are however limited by word count and time.

Word count for stories (fiction or non-fiction): 1500 words maximum.

There is no minimum. However we would prefer you try and aim for approximately 1500 words.

If you intend to submit a poem, then the word count is different: 500 words maximum.

Start submitting your story to the Writer’s Pad before the end of October so you can receive feedback and act on it before submissions close. Please also make sure it is at least your third draft.

The Story Mint website:

For full details and conditions please visit:



Dark Prints Press Call for Submissions

30 March 2012 Leave a comment

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:

  • Crime
  • Thriller
  • Suspense
  • Mystery
  • Horror
  • Dark Fantasy
  • Dark Comedy
  • Adventure
  • Any work with a dark or supernatural element

According to their website:

Publication of the series begins mid 2012, as an e-book series, then a collectable print run of reader and editor favourites.

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
Visit their website for more details and submission guidelines at

Cancer Council Arts Awards 2012

29 March 2012 Leave a comment

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

Society of Women Writers of Tasmania Short Story Competition 2012

26 February 2012 Leave a comment

The Society of Women Writers of Tasmania (SWWT) has launched its 2012 short story competition.

They are looking for 1500-2000 word short stories on any topic. Entries must include the word ‘Tasmania’ somewhere in the story. Submissions are open to all writers within Australia.

Winners will be presented with cash prizes:

  • First Prize: $250 plus trophy
  • Second Prize: $100
  • Third Prize: $50
  • High Commended Entries: Certificates

The entry fee is $5.00 per entry.

The submission deadline is 1 May 2012. Winners will be announced on the SWWT web page on 3 July 2012.

Visit their website for more details and submission guidelines at You can also contact the President/Secretary on 03 6362 2850.

The Voiceless Writing Prize

12 January 2012 Leave a comment

Voiceless, the animal protection institute, has announced the “The Voiceless Writing Prize,” sponsored by Australian Ethical Investment. There is “a total prize pool of well over $20,000 to writers who compellingly address the relationship between humans and animals, and animal sentience.”

The contest is looking for fiction and non-fiction pieces of 5-10,000 words with a focus on animals raised for food or those found in the Australian environment.

The best work will be published by Australia’s largest independent publisher, Allen & Unwin, in 2012.

The winner chosen by the judging panel will receive $15,000, while the public will vote for the People’s Choice to receive $5,000. Voiceless Councillor Deborah Debnam together with Peter Debnam have sponsored the People’s Choice for 2012, 2013, and 2014. All writers published in the collection will receive $500.”

The submission deadline is 16 March 2012.

Visit their website for more details and submission guidelines at

Stringybark Short Story Award Call for Submissions

18 November 2011 Leave a comment

Stringybark Stories hosts a number of contests for genres including speculative fiction, flash fiction, and erotic fiction. Recently, they have put out a call for submissions for their Stringybark Short Story Award 2011.

For the Stringybark Short Story Award contest, they are looking for, “any story, written by anyone, of any genre that has some reference to Australia,” in 1,400 words or less.

Winners will be published in their next paper back collection of short stories and win cash prizes.

  • First Prize: $300
  • Second Prize: $125
  • Third Prize: $50

The submission deadline is 18 December 2011.

Visit their website for more details and submission guidelines at

Thanks to Mat Clarke for sharing this information.

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