Length: up to 500 words

Deadline: 13 January 2021

Theme: Beauty and the Banal

Form: open

Submitters: anyone who has visited Sydney, virtually or in real life

Entry fee: free

To all Sydney based writers and storytellers—all those who have battled through 2020, those who may even miss their wanderings around the city—Spineless Wonders is searching for short submissions that are place-specific around the theme of Beauty and the Banal. This call out goes out to anybody living or frequenting the city, and feel that a certain place in Sydney is desperate to have its story told! Charm these ordinary places with your words.

These stories are especially important as the city staggers into 2021 with COVID-19 and 2020 still in all our minds. Areas of the city are deserted, dead, dying, and in desperate need of some activation and regrowth. Moving into the New Year Spineless Wonders has a number of projects in mind that will utilise your stories, along with illustrations, animation and AI.

Does this feel like a task you can undertake? Submit your stories via this platform and help us see the details of our city through your stories.

This callout is open to all writers, whether you are based in Sydney or not. And we are particularly interested in hearing from First Nations writers and other writers of colour.

Submissions of up to 500 words are welcome up until midnight Feb 5 2021 AEST. 

Watch Spineless Wonders socials for prompts about the Beauty and the Banal or for further updates on this project.

Contact info[at]shortaustralianstories[dot]com[dot]au for inquires

 Submissions are called for microliterature for the 2021 Microflix Writing Awards. Submission will be curated on behalf of the Microflix Festival by the Australian publishing house, Spineless Wonders . Please read the following carefully:

  1. Submissions are to be presented in prose form in, in any genre and on any theme.
  2. Submissions can be up to 400 words in length. 
  3. Entry is open to anyone living in Australia and Australians residing overseas.
  4. Entry is free. 
  5. Each entry can consist of up to three pieces of writing
  6. Submissions will only be  accepted via Submission Manager. 
  7. Submission deadline is midnight AEST, February 21, 2021.
  8. Submissions which are selected for inclusion in the 2021 Microflix Awards will be made available  in pdf format on the Microflix website from until the closing date of the 2021 Microflix Awards.
  9. Submissions which are adapted into films which then go on to be selected as finalists by the Microflix jurists will be eligible for the Microflix Writers Awards. Authors will be paid a modest fee for allowing their text to be adapted.
  10. All finalists will be in the running for the Microflix Writers Awards consisting of a $500 cash prize.


Any queries, email info[at]shortaustralianstories[dot]com[dot]au


 
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

1. To enter you must reside in Australia or be an Australian living overseas

2. You must be over 18

3. Submissions are sought for collections of short prose up to 30,000 words. The writing may take the form of fiction or creative non-fiction. The collection may be comprised of short stories, micro-fiction or novella. Submissions may also include reflective essays on the stories in the collection.

4. All entries to be made via Submission Manager.

5. Entry fee is $25. Concession holders and full-time students may enter for $20 via the Concession entry form.

6. Submissions must consist of maximum 30,000 word manuscript.

7. Entries may consist of audio-visual content, hyperlinks as well as text.

8. Entries close midnight AEST, February 7, 2021.

9. Entries may consist in part, but not in total, of work previously published in print or online or as podcast content provided this work is not subject to any existing copyright or licence or any other third party rights; entries may be comprised, in part but not in total, of work which has previously won or been a finalist in other competitions or awards; all work submitted must be your original work. Entries may be co-authored.

10. The winner will be awarded $3000 and two runners-up will be awarded $1000 each. All three finalists will be offered a digital publication agreement by Spineless Wonders. This includes editorial, art and design, distribution and promotion and ongoing royalties from sales. Winning entries will also be considered for production as audiobooks or audio-dramas.

11. The winner and runners-up will be announced by November, 2021.

12. Entrants selected by the award judge will be contacted prior to any announcement.

13. By submitting to the Award you are agreeing to the above entry conditions.

For inquiries, email info [at] shortaustralianstories.com.au

 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES  

1. To enter you must reside in Australia or be an Australian living overseas  

2. You must be over 18  

3. Submissions are sought for collections of short prose up to 30,000 words. The writing may take the form of fiction or creative non-fiction. The collection may be comprised of short stories, micro-fiction or novella. Submissions may also include reflective essays on the stories in the collection.  

4. All entries to be made via Submission Manager.  

5. Concession holders and full-time students may enter for $20 via this Concession entry form. General entry is $25.  

6. Submissions must consist of maximum 30,000 word manuscript.  

7. Entries may consist of audio-visual content, hyperlinks as well as text.  

8. Entries close midnight AEST, February 7, 2021.  

9. Entries may consist in part, but not in total, of work previously published in print or online provided this work is not subject to any existing copyright or licence or any other third party rights; entries may be comprised, in part but not in total, of work which has previously won or been a finalist in other competitions or awards; all work submitted must be your original work. Entries may be co-authored.  

10. The winner will be awarded $3000 and two runners-up will be awarded $1000 each. All three finalists will be offered a digital publication agreement by Spineless Wonders. This includes editorial, art and design, distribution and promotion and ongoing royalties from sales.  Winning entries will also be considered for production as audiobooks or audio-dramas.

11. The winner and runners-up will be announced by November, 2021.  

12. Entrants selected by the award judge will be contacted prior to any announcement.

13. By submitting to the Award you are agreeing to the above entry conditions.  For inquiries, email info [at] shortaustralianstories.com.au 

SUBMISSIONS DUE FEB 1 2021.

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 Digital and/or Audio Publication 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. We would love it if you acknowledge that you were fist published by Spineless Wonders!

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 digital and audio publications be available? Spineless Wonders digital stories can be read on any device with an ereader app. Readers can purchase your story from our website and all ebook retailers. Our audiobooks are also available from a range of retailers.


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