This award is jointly sponsored by Spineless Wonders and the Newcastle Writers Festival.

Theme: SOUND

Length: 200 word max.

Closing date: Aug 31 2018

We are looking for engaging narratives and creative prose pieces which riff on the soundtracks of our lives – be that songs and music of any genre, or sounds from the built environment or the natural world. Your submission may reflect on the absence of sound or it may take us into a world without music.

Your approach may be playful, witty, political, philosophical or all of the above. You may choose to write in any prose genre – in fact, hybrid forms are encouraged. 

The 2018 joanne burns Microlit Award which is co-hosted by Spineless Wonders and the Newcastle Writers Festival will be judged by CASSANDRA ATHERTON. Cash prizes of $300 will be awarded to the winner of the National and Hunter categories. 

Finalists in the award will be offered publication in the Spineless Wonders’ anthology, Shuffle.

All texts included in the anthology will be considered for inclusion in a range of Spineless Wonders’ multiplatform collaborations including #storybombing activities such as StoryPhones, StoryPosters, StoryPostcards and Pavement Pages as part of the Newcastle Writers Festival and in the University of Technology, Sydney’s, Microflix Animation Project.

A selection of texts from Shuffle will form the basis for a series of commissioned works by SONANT BODIES, an experimental sound-art collective.  

 Submission Guidelines / Conditions of Entry 

  1. Submissions will only be accepted via the Submittable link.
  2. Entry fee is $15.00 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, 2019. 
  9. The closing date is 31 August, 2018. Entries will be accepted up until midnight AEST. Late      entries will not be accepted.
  10. Results will be announced by December, 2018.
  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     

Use of song lyrics:

At Spineless Wonders, we value and respect the intellectual property of all authors and artists with which we collaborate. Authors who wish to include the work of other artists (such as song lyrics) in their submissions should undertake due diligence in respect of the copyright of that material. Any material subject to copyright must be acknowledged in the submission and proof of permission to use this material must be provided with your entry.  All costs related to the reproduction of copyrighted material are to be borne by the author. For further information, please refer to https://www.artslaw.com.au/  

This award is jointly sponsored by Spineless Wonders and the Newcastle Writers Festival.
Theme: SOUND
Length: 200 word max.
Closing date: Aug 31 2018
We are looking for engaging narratives and creative prose pieces which riff on the soundtracks of our lives – be that songs and music of any genre, or sounds from the built environment or the natural world. Your submission may reflect on the absence of sound or it may take us into a world without music.
Your approach may be playful, witty, political, philosophical or all of the above. You may choose to write in any prose genre – in fact, hybrid forms are encouraged.
The 2018 joanne burns Microlit Award which is co-hosted by Spineless Wonders and the Newcastle Writers Festival will be judged by CASSANDRA ATHERTON. Cash prizes of $300 will be awarded to the winner of the National and Hunter categories.
Finalists in the award will be offered publication in the Spineless Wonders’ anthology, Shuffle.
All texts included in the anthology will be considered for inclusion in a range of Spineless Wonders’ multiplatform collaborations including #storybombing activities such as StoryPhones, StoryPosters, StoryPostcards and Pavement Pages as part of the Newcastle Writers Festival and in the University of Technology, Sydney’s, Microflix Animation Project.
A selection of texts from Shuffle will form the basis for a series of commissioned works by SONANT BODIES, an experimental sound-art collective.  
 Submission Guidelines / Conditions of Entry  

  1. Submissions will only be accepted via the Submittable link.
  2. Entry is free for Hunter residents. Up to three works may be submitted. 
  3. Entrants must be over 18 years of age and  must reside in the Hunter region at the time of submission.
  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, 2019. 
  9. The closing date is 31 August, 2018. Entries will be accepted up until midnight AEST. Late      entries will not be accepted.
  10. Results will be announced by December, 2018.
  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     
Use of song lyrics:
At Spineless Wonders, we value and respect the intellectual property of all authors and artists with which we collaborate. Authors who wish to include the work of other artists (such as song lyrics) in their submissions should undertake due diligence in respect of the copyright of that material. Any material subject to copyright must be acknowledged in the submission and proof of permission to use this material must be provided with your entry.  All costs related to the reproduction of copyrighted material are to be borne by the author. For further information, please refer to https://www.artslaw.com.au/