Newcastle Short Story Award 2022

closes 8pm Monday 25th April AEDT


1st Prize

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School of Humanities and Social Science

2nd Prize

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see our Conditions of Entry for the details of this prize


3rd Prize

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Catchfire press

Highly Commended Award


$250 prize pack: latest Kindle, microphone and headphones

Foghorn Brewhouse

Commended Award

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Commended Award
Residency at Lighthouse Arts
(valued at $200)

Local Awards

If your short story is selected for the anthology and you live in a Hunter region LGA you are eligible for one of these prizes:

Macquariedale Organic Wines

$250 Wine Voucher

Pepper Tree Wines
A 6 pack of Varietal Pepper Tree Wines plus a voucher (valued at $120) to The Vault for a ‘Best of Four Worlds’ Tasting for 4 people.
Tamburlaine organic wines

A case of wine

Tulloch wines

$100 Cellar Door Voucher

2022 judges
Joey Bui

Competition judge, Joey Bui

Joey Bui is a Vietnamese Australian writer. Her debut book, Lucky Ticket, won the University of Southern Queensland Steele Rudd Award and was shortlisted for the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction and the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, among others. Joey was also named one of the Best Young Australian Novelists of 2020. 

Bram Presser

Competition judge, Bram Presser

Bram Presser is a semi-reformed punk rocker, recovering academic, lapsed criminal lawyer and two-time cartoon character. His debut novel, The Book of Dirt, won the National Jewish Book Award for Debut Fiction (USA), the Voss Literary Prize (Aus) and three prizes in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards: the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, the UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing and the People’s Choice Award.


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