This award is jointly sponsored
by Spineless Wonders and the Newcastle Writers Festival.
200 word max.
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.
winner will receive cash prizes of $300 and entries by all finalists will be
considered for publication in an anthology, alongside invited writers.
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
The maximum word length is 200 and we particularly
encourage entries under 100 words in length for installations which suit
Entrants may include up to three entries per
The national category is open to any person
residing in Australia and to Australian citizens living anywhere. An entry fee
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
entering please ensure that you have read the guidelines on the Submissions
section of our website
Submission Guidelines / Conditions of Entry
- Submissions will only be
accepted via the Submittable link.
- Entry fee is $10.00 for up
to three submissions per entry. (There is no limit to the number of
entries per person.)
- Entrants must be over 18
years of age and must be either an Australian citizen (living
anywhere) or a person residing in Australia.
- Entries will be judged
anonymously. The author’s name must not appear on the manuscript.
- The judge’s decisions will
be final. No correspondence will be entered into.
- Entries are to be no more
than 200 words (exclusive of the title).
- Submissions under
consideration by another competition or publication or work that has been
previously published or awarded will not be accepted.
- 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.
- The closing date is 31
August, 2017. Entries will be accepted up until midnight AEST. Late
entries will not be accepted.
- Results will be announced by
- 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