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2021 Peter Cowan 600 Short Story Competition

Date: Sat April 17 2021 12:00 am to Sat April 17 2021 11:59 pm

2021 Peter Cowan 600 Short Story Competition for unpublished stories.
Open theme. Three categories: Open, Novice & Youth.

Entries open: 8:00 AM2 March 2021 Closing Date: 16 April 2021 at 11:59PM

Prizes: Open, Novice and Youth categories


1st: $200 , 2nd: $100 3rd: $50 + 4 x Highly Commended & 4 x Commended Certificates

Novice: $50 (entrants must not have been awarded a prize or recognised in other competitions)

The Julian Cowan Youth Award (12-18 yrs): $100 – sponsored by Ms Diana Cowan

***Amendment***: The prize-winning stories will also be published in the PCWC e-Magazine.

Word Count: 600 words maximum

Theme: Open

Eligibility: Entries must be unpublished stories (cannot have appeared in print, or online on a website or blog) and must not have won a prize or been recognised in any other competitions.

Simultaneous submissions allowed: No, entries must NOT be under consideration elsewhere in other competitions or under consideration for publication.

Full Competition Conditions, Formatting Instructions and Entry Form:


Entry Fees:

Open/Novice: 1 story: $10 + $ 0.76 Eventbrite* fee, 2 stories: $18 + $0.94 Eventbrite fee

3 stories: $25 + $1.09 Eventbrite Fee

Youth (12-18 yrs): $5 + $0.65 Eventbrite fee (limit of one story)

*Eventbrite retains the admin fee. Payments can be made with Credit/Debit cards or by Paypal

Closing date/time: Friday, 16 April 2021 at 11.59 PM (AWST)

To enter:

1. Pay your entry fees on Eventbrite. Please complete all required fields marked with an *. Record your order/receipt number. It will also be on the payment confirmation e-mail you receive from Eventbrite.

2. Complete the downloadable entry form (Word document) on PCWC’s website at:


3. Format your entries as per the instructions on our website and the entry form. E-mail your story/stories to PCWC together with your entry form indicating your Eventbrite payment order/receipt number. Each story must be saved as a separate Word document or a PDF. Send to e: PeterCowanWritersCentre@outlook.com with the subject: PC600SS Competition

Refund Policy:

There are no refunds on PCWC competitions.

About the Award

The Peter Cowan 600 Short Story Competition was launched by our Centre in 2010 in honour of our namesake Peter Cowan (1914–2002), one of Western Australia’s most esteemed writers and academics. It is fitting that the competition celebrates short story writing as Peter Cowan published several volumes of short fiction and is well known for writing in this genre. Peter was the recipient of several major writing awards, and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1987. He was named a Western Australian State Living Treasure in 1999.



For more information, and to make a submission, visit the Peter Cowan Writers Centre website here.

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