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2021 Newcastle Short Story Award

$7500 in prizes

Click here to view the stories selected to be published in the 2021 anthology and the list of prize winners

2022 Competition now open for entries here


2021 judges


Amanda O'Callaghan

Competition judge, Amanda O’Callaghan

Amanda’s short fiction has been published and won awards in Australia, the United Kingdom and Ireland. Her work has been awarded and shortlisted in the Bridport Prize, Carmel Bird Award, E J Brady Award, Bristol Prize, Bath Flash Fiction Award, Fish Short Story Prize, Aeon Award, Flash 500 Award, and others. She is a recipient of a Queensland Writers Fellowship. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Queensland. Her short story collection, This Taste for Silence (UQP, 2019), was shortlisted for the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction (2019). She lives in Brisbane.


Jay Carmichael - NSSA 2021 Judge

Competition judge, Jay Carmichael

 had his first novel, Ironbark, shortlisted for both the Victorian Premier’s Award for Fiction in 2019 and the Victorian Premier’s Award for an Unpublished Manuscript in 2016. His writing has been published by beyondblue and appeared widely in print and online, including in OverlandThe GuardianSBS, and The Telling Tree project.


1st Prize


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Highly Commended Award


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Commended Award


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Commended Award


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