2022 Newcastle Short Story Award
Entries close 8pm Monday 25th April AEDT
Frequently Asked Questions
How many times can I enter?
As many as you wish. One entry = one payment.
How do I know my entry has been successful?
You will receive a confirmation email. If not received, please 1. check your junk mail and 2. Please be patient. Entrants report they have received the confirmation within minutes, others report it may take a few hours. If still not received, read pt 13. in the terms and conditions on this page.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept BOTH credit card and Paypal. We do not accept direct deposit payments.
Can I use a pseudonym instead of my real name?
Yes you can but you will be asked to also supply your real name on the entry form – this will never be revealed to third parties.
Is there an exact style and format you require?
We only accept .doc, .docx, .pdf file format. Font size and style is your choice. We do not accept entries on paper via the post.
Can I submit a piece I have submitted in the past?
If you have a piece of writing that has been published previously – no. If it has been written and submitted but not published – yes. If it has won an award but not published – yes.
What does ‘published’ mean?
This means any form of publication – printed or online including blog entries, writing groups, within social media groups etc.
Are titles, sub-titles, dedications and other ‘extras’ included in the word count?
Yes! Stick to the word limit to avoid being disqualified.
If my name appears on my work or in the name of the file is it disqualified?
Yes. The most common mistake entrants make is putting their name on the work or in the filename.
Other tips: Check spelling mistakes – have a friend read it to check your spelling.
What if the piece is written for a child to read?
The history of the project is that we publish works written for adult readers.
What age can enter this competition?
Can I include illustrations/drawings/photos in my work?
By entering a piece in the Newcastle Short Story Award, you agree to be bound by the following:
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