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A writing competition accepting short stories up to 2000 words. Open theme.

Closed for entries. Reopens February 2020

The 2019 selected authors will be announced on this website mid-March.

Winners will be announced Friday 5th April – watch this space for more information

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2019 Judges: Annabel Smith and Tim Richards (learn more below)

1st Prize


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2nd Prize


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3rd Prize


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Highly Commended

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Newcastle Short STory Award judge Annabel Smith

Competition judge, Annabel Smith

is the author of Whiskey & Charlie (published in Australia as Whisky Charlie Foxtrot) digital interactive novel/app The Ark, and A New Map of the Universe, which was shortlisted for the West Australian Premier’s Book Awards.

Her short fiction and non-fiction has been published in iconic journals Southerly and Westerly, and she was selected as a writer-in-residence at Katherine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre and the Fellowship of Australian Writers. She has been a panellist and chair at Melbourne Writers Festival, Perth Writers Festival and regional festivals in Albany and Margaret River.

Annabel holds a PhD in Writing from Edith Cowan University, she is an Australia Council Creative Australia Fellow, and a member of the editorial board of Margaret River Press.


Competition judge, Tim Richards


Tim Richards is a Melbourne-based script assessor, screenwriting teacher, and short story writer.

He is the author of three collections:

Letters to Francesca (1996), Duckness (1998), and Thought Crimes (2011).

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