2020 Newcastle Short Story Award

Accepting short stories up to 2000 words

Over $8000 in prizes

Top works selected by our judges to be published in the 2020 Anthology  purchase a previous anthology

Closes 8pm February 3rd, 2020

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Open Monday 14th October 2019

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Meet your judges:

Competition judge, Laura Elvery

is the author of the short story collection, Trick of the Light (UQP, 2018). She has won the Josephine Ulrick, Margaret River, Neilma Sidney and Fair Australia short story prizes, and has written for Overland, Meanjin, Griffith Review and The Big Issue fiction edition. Laura lives in Brisbane.

Competition judge, Khalid Warsame

is a writer, editor and arts-producer. His essays, fiction, poetry, and criticism have appeared in numerous publications, including The Lifted Brow, The Saturday Paper, Overland Literary Journal, The Big Issue, Cordite Poetry Review, and Meanjin. He has appeared as a facilitator and guest artist at writers festivals, most recently at the Sydney Writers Festival and Melbourne Writers Festival. He sits on the Program Advisory Committee for the Emerging Writers Festival as well as the Industry Advisory Committee for the Creative Writing program at RMIT.

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