october, 2019

01oct1:00 am1:00 amWollongong Writers Festival Short Story PrizeInternational Entry Fee: $15
Max word count: 2,500
Top Prize: $1000

Event Details

The Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize will be awarded for a previously unpublished story of up to 2500 words on the theme ‘All Lit Up’. The winning entry will receive $1000 and publication in Mascara Literary Review. Highly commended will also receive publication in Mascara Literary Review, and $250.

The winning and highly commended stories will be announced at the Festival launch on Friday evening, November 22, 2019.


Effie Carr is a Sydney lawyer and Australian writer of Greek- Australian heritage. Her first novel, Stamatia X, was published to acclaim in 2018, a novel about the migrant experience and the themes of cultural, historical and interpersonal trauma and the effect of these on self recognition and self identity. She is a fiction editor of Mascara Literary Review. www.effiecarr.com

Helena Fox lives in Wollongong, where she mentors and runs writing workshops for young writers. Her debut novel, How it Feels to Float, was published in 2019 by Penguin Random House in North America and Pan Macmillan in Australia/NZ. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College in the US. www.helenafoxauthor.com

The theme of the 2019 Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize is ‘All Lit Up’.

Our aim is to bring marginalised issues into the spotlight; think taboo, grey areas, topics only ever spoken about in hushed voices. It’s about time we looked at these subjects in the light of day, don’t you think?

The theme can be interpreted as broadly and playfully as you like. Feel free to experiment with form and content, but please keep submissions within the word count. Entry fee is $15.

This competition is open to everyone except Wollongong Writers Festival staff, board members, and advisers. Festival volunteers may enter. This is an international competition and writers located outside Australia are encouraged to enter. Please ensure that you read the Terms and Conditions of the Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize before entering.

You can read the winning and highly commended entries from the Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize 2018 in ISSUE 23 of Mascara Literary Review.

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