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Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Writing Competition 2021

Date: Sun August 1 2021 12:00 am to Sun August 1 2021 11:59 pm

2021 Theme: Courage…

First prize $250AU Hawkeye Publishing Gift Voucher + anthology cover based on the winner’s story.
Short-Listed and Long-Listed announced.
TOP 40 published in an anthology – free copy to all published entrants.
Best 5 Junior – The top 5 under 18 entries are also published, with the Junior Winner receiving a free copy of the writing guide: Winning Short Story Competitions. All 5 juniors receive a free copy of the anthology and a group mentoring session with Hawkeye Publishing’s Director.

Closes 6PM Sunday 1st August 2021

Maximum 1,000 words 

Theme: Courage

$12AU entry

 

We’re looking for jolly good tales. Show us the positive. The growth. The light-hearted. The heart-warming. The gut-wrenchingly beautiful. Sadness can feature, but we’re looking for evolution in the mix.

 

Critical thinking, humour, difference will be highly regarded.  

The theme COURAGE… is expansive, allowing for imaginations to run wild. If you’re unsure where to start, here are some prompts to get you started. You may write of, for example, about life choices made by an individual, a group, or a government. It can be a fictional tale or a fictional tale inspired by a true story. Your character might reflect on how choices made by others affected their own life, or how they are gripped with indecision as they face a life altering situation and how they will reflect on their decision in the future. The possibilities are endless. These are just a few suggestions and we look forward to reading your stories and seeing where your mind takes you.

Judges are looking for the following:

  • Writing ability: correct tense, point of view, minimal redundant words and adverbs, show not tell.
  • Story arc: rising tension, climax, resolution.
  • Adherence to the competition theme.
  • Spelling & Grammar.
  • Layout conforms to the competition guidelines.

Read this feature from the 2020 competition for notes from the judges on what made the published 40 stand out from the field.

 

Judges : 

L. E. Daniels – Bestselling author, writing teacher, and editor with over 90 published books to her editing portfolio.

C T Mitchell – Bestselling international mystery crime writer.

Kylie Kaden – a thrilling voice in Australian Domestic Noir. Her second book Missing You was nominated People’s Choice Awards 2015.

Carolyn Martinez – Director, Hawkeye Publishing + Editor + Author.

 

Prize Pool :

  • Winner: $250AU Hawkeye Gift Voucher + Anthology front cover design based on winner’s story.
  • Shortlisted (2nd – 4th placed) names published.
  • Top 40 stories will be published in an anthology. All those published receive a free copy of the anthology.
  • Best 5 Junior – The top 5 under 18 entries are also published, with the Junior Winner receiving a free copy of the writing guide: Winning Short Story Competitions. All 5 juniors receive a free copy of the anthology and a group mentoring session with Hawkeye Publishing’s Director.

Shortlisted (Top 10), Longlisted (11-40), and Best 5 Junior finalists names published on www.hawkeyebooks.com.au.

Judges can’t wait to read your stories!

Read about last year’s long listed here.

See last year’s anthology, Reset, here. The theme for 2020 was If Only.

We recommend Winning Short Story Competitions as an essential writing guide. Competition judges L. E. Daniels and C. Sawyer show what it takes to win, short-list and long-list in competitions. Short list and long list credits are just as beneficial to a writer’s career, as wins are.

 

For more information and entries, visit https://hawkeyebooks.com.au/writing-competitions/sydney-hammond-memorial-short-story-writing-competition-2021/

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