Deadline: October 1, 2023

Entry fee: $25

About the competition

Ballarat Writers Inc is inviting entries to the 2023 Southern Cross Short Story competition, from authors writing in English on the theme of TRACKS OF DESIRE to a maximum of 3,000 words. First prize AUD$1000 with runner-up prizes and certificates of commendation. This year’s judge is internationally renowned Graeme Simsion.

Competition guideline

  • Competition is open to anyone over the age of 18 years as of 1 August, 2023
  • Entries may be in any genre and interpretation of the theme can be as literal or as broad as one likes
  • Entries must be NOT MORE THAN 3000 words including the title
  • All entries must be in English, and must have a title
  • Entries must be the original work of the applicant
  • Entries must not have been published anywhere, including personal blog or website, broadcast, or won a prize in any competition
  • Entry fee for non-BWI members is AUD$20 per story/entry
  • Entry fee for BWI members is AUD$15 per story/entry
  • Entrants may submit up to three entries, each at the specified entry fee
  • Read the whole guideline and submit your entry here.
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