Send us microfiction or prose poems, up to 200 words, which reflect on travel – whether a daily commute, gap year, Contiki Tour or roadtrip. Drop us a postcard from travels in time, space or the fourth dimension.

We welcome submissions that will amuse, amaze and unsettle us. Take us on a journey that will make us see the world anew.

What is Microlit?

Our guest judge, joanne burns describes this unique form as, ‘poetry, fiction, essay, contemplation, perhaps flirtation – condensed, sudden, gnomic, implosive – a kind of petit pointillism - where enough may be more than enough.... ‘

Authors of texts selected as finalists in this award will be offered publication in the annual microlit anthology and will be considered for inclusion in a range of Spineless Wonders’ multiplatform collaborations including #storybombing activities as well as in podcast productions and in the Microflix Awards and Festival.

Submission Guidelines / Conditions of Entry

  1. Submissions will only be accepted via the Submittable link.
  2. Entry fee is $15.00 for National category and $10.00 for Hunter Category for up to three submissions per entry. (There is no limit to the number of entries per person.)
  3. Entrants must be over 18 years of age and must be either an Australian citizen (living anywhere) or a person residing in Australia.
  4. Entries will be judged anonymously. The author’s name must not appear on the      manuscript.
  5. The judge’s decisions will be final. No correspondence will be entered in to.
  6. Entries are to be no more than 200 words (exclusive of the title).
  7. Submissions under consideration by another competition or publication or work that has  been previously published or awarded will not be accepted.
  8. By entering this competition, writers grant Spineless Wonders and the Newcastle Writers Festival limited, fee-free, licence to publish their work and/or produce and broadcast it as audio or video. Intellectual  Property shall remain with individual author on the understanding that the  work not be published elsewhere until after December, 2022.
  9. The closing date is 31 August, 2021. Entries will be accepted up until  midnight AEST. Late entries will not be accepted.
  10. Results  will be announced by December, 2021.
  11. Spineless Wonders will offer publication to the winner and finalists in its annual anthology.   All published entries, including the winner, may be edited.

For any further inquiries, email info[at]shortaustralianstories.com

Send us microfiction or prose poems, up to 200 words, which reflect on travel – whether a daily commute, gap year, Contiki Tour or roadtrip. Drop us a postcard from travels in time, space or the fourth dimension.

We welcome submissions that will amuse, amaze and unsettle us. Take us on a journey that will make us see the world anew.

What is Microlit?

Our guest judge, joanne burns describes this unique form as, ‘poetry, fiction, essay, contemplation, perhaps flirtation – condensed, sudden, gnomic, implosive – a kind of petit pointillism - where enough may be more than enough.... ‘

Authors of texts selected as finalists in this award will be offered publication in the annual microlit anthology and will be considered for inclusion in a range of Spineless Wonders’ multiplatform collaborations including #storybombing activities as well as in podcast productions and in the Microflix Awards and Festival.

Submission Guidelines / Conditions of Entry

  1. Submissions will only be accepted via the Submittable link.
  2. Entry fee is $15.00 for National category and $10.00 for Hunter Category for up to three submissions per entry. (There is no limit to the number of entries per person.)
  3. Entrants must be over 18 years of age and must be either an Australian citizen (living anywhere) or a person residing in Australia.
  4. Entries will be judged anonymously. The author’s name must not appear on the      manuscript.
  5. The judge’s decisions will be final. No correspondence will be entered in to.
  6. Entries are to be no more than 200 words (exclusive of the title).
  7. Submissions under consideration by another competition or publication or work that has  been previously published or awarded will not be accepted.
  8. By entering this competition, writers grant Spineless Wonders and the Newcastle Writers Festival limited, fee-free, licence to publish their work and/or produce and broadcast it as audio or video. Intellectual  Property shall remain with individual author on the understanding that the  work not be published elsewhere until after December, 2022.
  9. The closing date is 31 August, 2021. Entries will be accepted up until  midnight AEST. Late entries will not be accepted.
  10. Results  will be announced by December, 2021.
  11. Spineless Wonders will offer publication to the winner and finalists in its annual anthology.   All published entries, including the winner, may be edited.

For any further inquiries, email info[at]shortaustralianstories.com

Microflix Entry Regulations 

1. LENGTH: films must be no more than 3 minutes long, including credits. 

2. FORMAT: Films must be submitted in MP4 format. 

3. DEADLINE: Submissions must be made via Submission Manager by midnight, August 1, 2021. 

4. TEXTS: Films must be inspired by original works of Australian Microliterature (up to 400 words in length). If you do not choose a text from those provided on the Microflix website (see Browse Texts section http://microflixfestival.com.au) then you must be able to provide, along with your submitted film: a) evidence of your right to use the chosen microlit work on which your film is based and b) the work itself (as a Word file) including the title of the work and the author’s name. 

5. FILM TITLE: The title of your submitted film should not be the same as the title of the piece of microliterature on which the film is based. 

6. CREDITS: The title of text your film is based on and the author who wrote it must be clearly acknowledged in your film credits. We suggest the following wording: Based on 'title' by 'author name'. Any film submitted without acknowledgement of the author will not be eligible. All other contributors to the film should be included in the credits. 

7. PREVIOUS USE: Films submitted to Microflix must not currently or previously been distributed or broadcast online (other than on school websites associated with films by current students). 

8. ELIGIBILITY: Entry is open to individual or groups of filmmakers who are Australian citizens, who are Australians residing overseas as well as to people residing in Australia during the submission period, that is 7 May 2021 to 1 August, 2021. 

9. OWNERSHIP: Entrants must be entitled to present the entered film as their own work, or to represent the film in their capacity as the identified creative lead, producer or legal representative of the work being entered. 

10. ENTRY FEE: Entry to Microflix is free.

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