Newcastle Short Story Award 2019


Judges Annabel Smith and Tim Richards are awaiting your stories:

Max 2000 words
Over $5000 in prizes
Closes 8pm, Monday, 4th February 2019
30 selected works will be published in the 2019 anthology.
Entry fee: $16.50
Read the Terms and Conditions below then go to the Entry Form.
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NSSA Entry Terms and Conditions 2019

By entering a piece in the NSSA Writing Competition, you agree to be bound by the following terms and conditions.

  1. Entries close 8pm EST Monday 4th February, 2019
  2. You do not have to be a member of Hunter Writers Centre to enter the competition.
  3. The word limit is 2000. This includes titles and any sub-headings. There is no minimum.
  4. Your story must not include your name or any identifying marks. This means any word that the judges can link directly to you. Names of places and/or first names of people are, generally, acceptable. Be sure there are no words on your story that identify you as the author.
  5. Entry is online only. Attach your story as a .pdf or Word document (.doc) file via the entry form (left).
  6. Entries must be the original work of the applicant and must not be published in any form or currently offered for publication.
  7. If you prefer your story published under a pseudonym, there is an optional field on the entry form.
  8. Entrants are welcome to submit more than one story. There is no limit on number of entries. A separate entry form, and separate entry fee of $16.50 (incl. GST) must accompany each entry.
  9. You must acknowledge any quotes from other writers that you use.
  10. Entrants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents. You can reside anywhere in the world.
  11. Staff of Hunter Writers Centre and their family members are not eligible to enter the Grieve Writing Competition.
  12. Entrants must be aged over 18 years.
  13. The judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into with either the judges, the staff or the board of the Hunter Writers Centre.
  14. By entering the NSSA Writing Competition, the author gives permission to Hunter Writers Centre to publish his/her work in the anthology if selected by the judges. The copyright to the work is always retained by the author. As publisher of the anthology, Hunter Writers Centre will have First Publication Rights to all submitted works and may use any title or phrase from any entry for the purpose of promoting the competition and the anthology. Any collection or publication subsequent to the NSSA Writing Competition that includes the author’s story should acknowledge Hunter Writers Centre.
  15. Prize winners may be required to participate in media-related events associated with the competition.
  16. By supplying your contact details you agree to us sending you opt-out correspondence.
  17. The finalists to be published in the anthology will be announced on this website and across our social media channels early March. The prize winners are announced at the anthology launch Friday 5th April, 2019.
  18. Hunter Writers Centre adopts the Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Protocols and the NSW Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Strategy. If your work references Indigenous lives, voices, culture, country you must read this document.