Ends on August 31, 2017

$10.00 AUD

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

Theme: TIME

Length: 200 word max.

Closing date: Aug 31

The 2017 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 storytelling activities such as the #storybombingNWF18 project, featuring videos and installations at the 2018 Newcastle Writers Festival.

What we are looking for

We are looking for writing which responds imaginatively to the theme of ‘time’. Your take on time may be philosophical or flippant, sage or satirical, cross-cultural or curmudgeonly. You might riff on the many everyday time-based aphorisms – just in time, no time to lose, tempus fugit – or you might take a longer view of time, reflecting on the Anthropocene epoch or time immemorial.

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.

The maximum word length is 200 and we particularly encourage entries under 100 words in length for installations which suit shorter texts.

 Entrants may include up to three entries per submission.

The national category is open to any person residing in Australia and to Australian citizens living anywhere. An entry fee is $10.

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 $10.00 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 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 in print form and/or to produce as audio or video or as part of a public installation.  Intellectual Property shall remain with the writer on the understanding that selected works not be published elsewhere until after May, 2019.
  9. The closing date is 31 August, 2017. Entries will be accepted up until midnight AEST. Late entries will not be accepted.
  10. Results will be announced by December, 2017.
  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[at]shortaustralianstories.com




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