Did you know that rats smile with their ears? Or, that they enjoy being tickled?

Whilst in Western culture rats are viewed as pets or pests, in Chinese culture being a Rat suggests you might be clever, a quick thinker and successful. Love them or hate them, we’re looking for texts about rats. Whether it’s two-faced rats, lab rats, pet rats, hoarding rats, smart rats, or wealthy rats we want to hear your best story about rats.

To mark the 2020 Lunar New Year, the Year of the Rat we are seeking submissions that may reflect the author’s cultural background or lived experience. They may emanate from other forms of connection the author has, or has had, with countries and cultures which celebrate the lunar calendar. Or they may simply be works of the imagination created in response to the theme.

Texts submitted in English and other languages are welcome. 

Submissions can be in the form of:

· microlit (microfiction or prose poems) up to 200 words; OR

· short fiction (in any genre and form such as prose, dramatic monologue etc) up to 2000 words.

Submissions will be judged by a team of editors and actors who will be looking for prose writing which will translate well into live performance. Selected submissions will be performed at the Little Fictions Lunar New Year shows in February, 2020. Selected submissions may also be broadcast on community radio and via podcast and included in a range of activities staged by Little Fictions Productions and #storybombing events staged by Spineless Wonders. Submissions may also be adapted for the screen as part of the Microflix Film Festival. Authors will be notified if their work is to be included in these activities and a modest royalty will be paid in each instance.

Submission Guidelines / Conditions of Entry 

  1. Submissions will only be accepted via the Submittable on-line link.
  2. Entry fee is $10.00 for each submission. (There is no limit to the number of entries.)
  3. Entrants must be over 18 years of age and must be either residing in Australia or be an Australian citizen living anywhere.
  4. Maximum word limit is  2,000 words. Entries may consist of a single story or multiple stories which in total do not exceed 2,000 words.
  5. Submissions should not be under consideration by another competition or publication.
  6. Submissions should not have been previously published. If you have a query regarding this proviso, contact info@shortaustralianstories.com.au
  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 30. Entries will be accepted up until midnight. Late entries will not be accepted.
  11. Submitters will be notified of the outcome of their entry.
  12. All selected entries may be edited.

 Did you know that rats smile with their ears? Or, that they enjoy being tickled?
Whilst in Western culture rats are viewed as pets or pests, in Chinese culture being a Rat suggests you might be clever, a quick thinker and successful. Love them or hate them, we’re looking for texts about rats. Whether it’s two-faced rats, lab rats, pet rats, hoarding rats, smart rats, or wealthy rats we want to hear your best story about rats.
To mark the 2020 Lunar New Year, the Year of the Rat we are seeking submissions that may reflect the author’s cultural background or lived experience. They may emanate from other forms of connection the author has, or has had, with countries and cultures which celebrate the lunar calendar. Or they may simply be works of the imagination created in response to the theme.
Texts submitted in English and other languages are welcome.
Submissions can be in the form of:
· microlit (microfiction or prose poems) up to 200 words; OR
· short fiction (in any genre and form such as prose, dramatic monologue etc) up to 2000 words.
Submissions will be judged by a team of editors and actors who will be looking for prose writing which will translate well into live performance. Selected submissions will be performed at the Little Fictions Lunar New Year shows in February, 2020. Selected submissions may also be broadcast on community radio and via podcast and included in a range of activities staged by Little Fictions Productions and #storybombing events staged by Spineless Wonders. Submissions may also be adapted for the screen as part of the Microflix Film Festival. Authors will be notified if their work is to be included in these activities and a modest royalty will be paid in each instance.
Submission Guidelines / Conditions of Entry
 

  1. Submissions will only be accepted via the Submittable on-line link.
  2. Entry is free for students 16 and over.  (There is no limit to the number of entries.)
  3. Entrants must be 16 years of age or over and must be enrolled in a secondary or tertiary institution or equivalent.
  4. Maximum word limit is  2,000 words. Entries may consist of a single story or multiple stories which in total do not exceed 2,000 words.
  5. Submissions should not be under consideration by another competition or publication.
  6. Submissions should not have been previously published. If you have a query regarding this proviso, contact info@shortaustralianstories.com.au
  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 30. Entries will be accepted up until midnight. Late entries will not be accepted.
  11. Submitters will be notified of the outcome of their entry.
  12. All selected entries may be edited.


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.

Entries close 10 November 2019.

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.

  FAQs

1. Is it free to enter? YES.

2. Will I be paid? YES. We keep enough to cover editorial and admin costs. The more your story sells, the more you earn.

2. I’m an Australian living overseas. Can I still enter? YES. The competition is open to people under 30 who currently reside in Australia or Australians living overseas. 

3. Will I be able to publish my story elsewhere in print or as part of a collection? YES. Your agreement with Spineless Wonders will be for the digital-only publication of your story. Copyright remains with you and you are free to offer your story elsewhere. 

4. Can I make more than one submission? YES, PLEASE. WE LIKE TO READ. 

5. I’m not exactly sure if what I have written is a short story, novella, a set of linked short stories or some weird hybrid thing – do you still want to see it? YES. We want any kind of prose you’ve got, and we love experimental works. Whether it’s one short story or several, a novella, creative non-fiction, hypertext or graphic novellas, send it our way! 

6. Where will the Slinkies eStories be available? Spineless Wonders eStories can be read on any device with an ereader app. Readers can purchase your story from our website and all ebook retailers. 


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