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2023 Minds Shine Bright Confidence Writing Competition

Date: Wed November 30 2022 9:00 am to Tue February 28 2023 5:00 pm

Minds Shine Bright

Minds Shine Bright Confidence 2023 is now open for entries and will close at midnight on 28 February 2023.

Minds Shine Bright Confidence writing competition runs from late October to February each year. Its aim is captures and share how fiction writers explore the theme of confidence over time. Four categories including short stories, poetry, flash fiction and scripts are included. The competition is completely blind judged, entries are assessed against ten criteria and there are many entries so the judging process takes several months. Winners are contacted in late July or early August and the awards night and launch occur later in the year.

As we move towards 2023 and as writers explore and discover different elements and layers of the confidence theme we look forward to seeing how our series of Confidence anthologies evolve.

Prizes

This year we have increased our prize pool to support our aim of paying writers fairly for their work. All prizes are shown in Australian dollars. International entries are welcome.

  • $1600 – The overall winner, plus publication in Confidence Minds Shine Bright Anthology 2023
  • $800 – for each of the four category winners plus publication in Confidence Minds Shine Bright Anthology 2023 (The overall winner is excluded from all other prizes) Categories include short stories, short scripts, flash fiction and poetry)
  • $175 – for each commended entry plus publication in Confidence Minds Shine Bright Anthology 2023
  • 15 certificates of recognition and gifts will be sent to writers whose creativity shone in some way.
Terms and Conditions

Each entry must be original, unpublished fiction or poetry written by the submitting author and included the theme of confidence in some way.

Word limits

  • up to 1000 words – flash fiction
  • 1000 -5000 words – short story
  • up to 5000 words – short script
  • up to 260 lines – poetry

Please read the full list of terms and conditions on the Terms and Conditions Page before entering.

For more information and to enter, visit the Minds Shine Bright website here.

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