Little Fictions is once more opening its doors to newly-minted submissions for its upcoming live shows. Submissions are judged by a team of two editors and two actors and selected pieces which will be programmed in upcoming live shows.

What are we looking for?

We want fiction with strong dialogue and memorable characters that will delight and amaze us. Stories that take off on flights of fancy as well as ones that take a satirical or offbeat look at life. Give us writing that rings with truth and insight. Writing that will have the audience in stitches or close to tears.

We are looking for previously unpublished works of fiction up to 2000 words in length in the form of microfiction, microlit, dramatic monologues – in fact, any written form which will enthral a listening audience.

For FAQs, go to the Submissions tab on shortaustralianstories.com.au

Submission Guidelines / Conditions of Entry

Submission Guidelines / Conditions of Entry

  1. Entry fee is $10.00 for each submission. (There is no limit to the number of entries.)
  2. Entrants must be over 18 years of age and must be either Australian citizens (living anywhere), or permanent residents of Australia.
  3. Minimum 200 word limit, maximum is 2,000 words.
  4. Submissions should not be under consideration by another competition or publication.
  5. Submissions should not have been previously published.
  6. There is no set theme.
  7. Submissions must be suitable for public performance.
  8. By submitting to the Little Fictions Call Out, writers grant Spineless Wonders licence to perform the work as part of Little Fictions, to record and, if applicable, to offer this recording for broadcast on public radio and other free-to-air media.
  9. Intellectual Property shall remain with the writer. We request that Little Fictions be acknowledged in any future print publication of the work.
  10. The closing date for this round of submissions is Oct 2, 2016. Entries will be accepted up until midnight. Late entries will not be accepted.
  11. Submitters will be notified of the outcome of their late 20
  12. Submissions will only be accepted via the Submittable on-line link.
  13. All selected entries may be edited.





The Newcastle Writers Festival, in conjunction with publisher, Spineless Wonders invites entries to the 2017 Microlit Writing Competition.
 
Before entering please ensure that you have read the following guidelines.

Theme: LANDMARKS

Length: 200 words

Deadline: 31 August, 2016

We are looking for  writing which responds imaginatively to the theme of 'landmarks'. Landmarks may be critical or celebratory, watershed moments or turning points in history and culture or in relationships. There are literal landmarks and marks on the land(scape). Interpret the theme as broadly as you wish, using any tone, from the serious to satirical, from whimsical to witty.

Microlit includes any form of short writing such as flash fiction, prose poem, dramatic monologue etc. Please note that we do not accept poems with line breaks for this competition.

Entry is free.

The winner will receive $300 and entries by finalists will be considered for publication in an anthology, alongside invited writers.  Selected entries will be included in Spineless Wonders’ multi-platform #storybombingNWF17 project.

Submission Guidelines / Conditions of Entry

  1. Submissions will only be accepted via this Submission Manager.
  2. Entry for each submission is free. There is no limit to the number of entries.
  3. Entrants must be over 18 years of age and reside in one of 11 local government areas in the Hunter Region.
  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 into.
  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 the competition writers grant the Newcastle Writers Festival and Spineless Wonders limited, fee-free, licence to publish their work and/or produce and screen it as video. Intellectual Property shall remain with the writer on the understanding that selected works not be published elsewhere until after December 2017.
  9. The closing date is 31 August, 2016. Entries will be accepted until midnight. Late entries will not be accepted..
  10. All finalist entries may be edited.
Please note: Do not include any identifying information in your entry.

For any further inquiries, email Spineless Wonders, info@shortaustralianstories.com.au








Spineless Wonders is now accepting submissions of short fiction from writers between 18 and 30 years of age for its digital-only publication program, Slinkies.
Use this form to submit your short fiction (up to 10,000 words). Feel free to attach information about yourself and your writing.
If we like your piece we will send you an eSingles agreement.
Ends in 1 day, 20 hours $ 7.00
$ 7.00
This award is jointly sponsored by Spineless Wonders and the Newcastle Writers Festival.

Theme: LANDMARKS

Length: 200 word max.

Closing date: Aug 31

The 2016 joanne burns Microlit Award will compromise both a national and local categories. This entry form is for the national category, open to Australian citizens living anywhere and to any person residing in Australia, will be judged by the award-winning writer, scholar and critic, Cassandra Atherton.

The winner will receive cash prizes of $300 and entries by all finalists will be considered for publication in an anthology, alongside invited writers.  Selected entries will be included in Spineless Wonders’ multi-platform #storybombingNWF17 project.

We are looking for  writing which responds imaginatively to the theme of 'landmarks'. Landmarks may be critical or celebratory, watershed moments or turning points in history and culture or in relationships. There are literal landmarks and marks on the land(scape). Interpret the theme as broadly as you wish, using any tone, from the serious to satirical, from whimsical to witty.

Microlit includes any form of short writing such as flash fiction, prose poem, dramatic monologue etc. Please note that we do not accept poems with line breaks for this competition.

Before entering please ensure that you have read the guidelines on the Submissions section of our website
Submission Guidelines / Conditions of Entry
  1. Submissions will only be accepted via the Submittable link.
  2. Entry fee is $7.00 for each submission. (There is no limit to the number of entries but for your convenience we have provided the choice of 1, 2 or 3 uploads at a time. See below.)
  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 into.
  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 the competition, writers grant Spineless Wonders and the Newcastle Writers Festival limited, fee-free, licence to publish their work and/or produce and screen it as video. Intellectual Property shall remain with the writer on the understanding that selected works not be published elsewhere until after May, 2017.
  9. The closing date is 31 August, 2016. Entries will be accepted up until midnight AEST. Late entries will not be accepted.
  10. Results will be announced by November, 2016.
  11. Spineless Wonders will publish works by the winner and finalists in its annual anthology. All published entries, including the winner, may be edited.
For any further inquiries, email info@shortaustralianstories.com.au




Ends in 1 day, 20 hours $ 14.00
$ 14.00
This award is jointly sponsored by Spineless Wonders and the Newcastle Writers Festival.

Theme: LANDMARKS

Length: 200 word max.

Closing date: Aug 31

The 2016 joanne burns Microlit Award will compromise both a national and local categories. This entry form is for the national category, open to Australian citizens living anywhere and to any person residing in Australia, will be judged by the award-winning writer, scholar and critic, Cassandra Atherton.

The winner will receive cash prizes of $300 and entries by all finalists will be considered for publication in an anthology, alongside invited writers.  Selected entries will be included in Spineless Wonders’ multi-platform #storybombingNWF17 project.

We are looking for  writing which responds imaginatively to the theme of 'landmarks'. Landmarks may be critical or celebratory, watershed moments or turning points in history and culture or in relationships. There are literal landmarks and marks on the land(scape). Interpret the theme as broadly as you wish, using any tone, from the serious to satirical, from whimsical to witty.

Microlit includes any form of short writing such as flash fiction, prose poem, dramatic monologue etc. Please note that we do not accept poems with line breaks for this competition.

Before entering please ensure that you have read the guidelines on the Submissions section of our website
Submission Guidelines / Conditions of Entry
  1. Submissions will only be accepted via the Submittable link.
  2. Entry fee is $7.00 for each submission. (There is no limit to the number of entries but for your convenience we have provided the choice of 1, 2 or 3 uploads at a time. See below.)
  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 into.
  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 the competition, writers grant Spineless Wonders and the Newcastle Writers Festival limited, fee-free, licence to publish their work and/or produce and screen it as video. Intellectual Property shall remain with the writer on the understanding that selected works not be published elsewhere until after May, 2017.
  9. The closing date is 31 August, 2016. Entries will be accepted up until midnight AEST. Late entries will not be accepted.
  10. Results will be announced by November, 2016.
  11. Spineless Wonders will publish works by the winner and finalists in its annual anthology. All published entries, including the winner, may be edited.
For any further inquiries, email info@shortaustralianstories.com.au




Ends in 1 day, 20 hours $ 21.00
$ 21.00
This award is jointly sponsored by Spineless Wonders and the Newcastle Writers Festival.

Theme: LANDMARKS

Length: 200 word max.

Closing date: Aug 31

The 2016 joanne burns Microlit Award will compromise both a national and local categories. This entry form is for the national category, open to Australian citizens living anywhere and to any person residing in Australia, will be judged by the award-winning writer, scholar and critic, Cassandra Atherton.

The winner will receive cash prizes of $300 and entries by all finalists will be considered for publication in an anthology, alongside invited writers.  Selected entries will be included in Spineless Wonders’ multi-platform #storybombingNWF17 project.

We are looking for  writing which responds imaginatively to the theme of 'landmarks'. Landmarks may be critical or celebratory, watershed moments or turning points in history and culture or in relationships. There are literal landmarks and marks on the land(scape). Interpret the theme as broadly as you wish, using any tone, from the serious to satirical, from whimsical to witty.

Microlit includes any form of short writing such as flash fiction, prose poem, dramatic monologue etc. Please note that we do not accept poems with line breaks for this competition.

Before entering please ensure that you have read the guidelines on the Submissions section of our website
Submission Guidelines / Conditions of Entry
  1. Submissions will only be accepted via the Submittable link.
  2. Entry fee is $7.00 for each submission. (There is no limit to the number of entries but for your convenience we have provided the choice of 1, 2 or 3 uploads at a time. See below.)
  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 into.
  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 the competition, writers grant Spineless Wonders and the Newcastle Writers Festival limited, fee-free, licence to publish their work and/or produce and screen it as video. Intellectual Property shall remain with the writer on the understanding that selected works not be published elsewhere until after May, 2017.
  9. The closing date is 31 August, 2016. Entries will be accepted up until midnight AEST. Late entries will not be accepted.
  10. Results will be announced by November, 2016.
  11. Spineless Wonders will publish works by the winner and finalists in its annual anthology. All published entries, including the winner, may be edited.
For any further inquiries, email info@shortaustralianstories.com.au




Spineless Wonders is currently accepting submissions for Earworms, its audio program. For information about Earworms, see our website. www.shortaustralianstories.com.au

Submissions can be from 5 to 60 minutes duration and in any genre.

Use this form to upload your audio story (mp3 or WAV format). You can attach more than one audio story provided the total duration does not exceed 60 minutes.

Audio submissions do not have to be broadcast quality, or include sound production. All you need to do is record your short story or prose poem on a computer, a mobile, or a dictaphone, and send us an mp3. If we like your piece we'll send you a contract and, if necesssary, ask you to re-record.

You can also use this form to include a word document with information about yourself, the publication or award history of the submissions, your other publications and links to your website. Upload an author pic (jpeg, TIFF or GIF).

For further inquiries, email bronwyn@shortaustralianstories.com.au