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The 2020 Heroines Women’s Writing Prize & Anthology

Date: Sun May 31 2020 12:00 am to Sun May 31 2020 11:59 pm

The 2020 Heroines Women’s Writing Prize & Anthology is now open for submissions of short fiction and poetry. The Heroines Anthology is a collection of stories of women written by women. Works with a particular focus on telling lost women’s history, untold stories, and reimagined myths, fairy tales, folklore or legends, or speculative fiction, are particularly encouraged.


  • We only accept submissions from writers who identify as women.

  • We accept previously published work as long as you retain the right to publish it and it has not previously won an award.

  • We expect all work to demonstrate respect for others.

  • While we accept submissions of work for publication in the Anthology from outside of Australia, the prize will only be awarded to someone residing in, or a citizen of, Australia.


  • The Heroines Anthology is in its third year. We suggest that you read our 2018 or 2019 Heroines Anthology to get a feel for what we are looking for (and what stories and myths have already been covered those years) before you submit. 

  • You can order a copy at a 10% discount with the code SUBMIT2020. Order here.

  • Please note that we do not generally publish memoir unless it is exceptional and has a strong link to our preferred themes.

How to submit:

  • Submissions must be made via our webform.

  • The submissions must include your receipt number from the Prize submission fee.

  • Submissions will close on the 20th April  2020 EXTENDED Until May 31st

Fee per submission of $ 15 (If you have financial issues & cannot pay this fee. Please contact us.)

Short Story Entries

  • We accept submissions of short fiction of up to 3000 words  ( 12-point standard font, 1.5 spacing)

  • Only one story per entry. You may submit multiple stories however this will require separate entries. 

Poetry Entries

  • We accept submissions of up to 5 pages of poetry in a 12-point standard font & 1.5 spacing. 

  • This can be made up of several shorter poems, or one longer work.

  • Separate the poems by marking the end of each piece. 

  • You may submit more than one entry; however, this will require separate entries.

Dates & Process:

  • Long list will be announced July 2020. All work long-listed for the prize will be published in the 2020 Heroines Anthology. 

  • All work accepted for publication will be paid a fee of $25 and will be sent a copy of the 2020 Heroines Anthology. 

  • Short list will be announced August 2020. Work short-listed for the prize will be invited to attend the Heroines Festival in Thirroul on Sunday September 27th and the prizes will be awarded on that day.

  • 1st prize Short Fiction will be awarded $1000 & 1st prize Poetry will be awarded $500

  • Judges: Anthology editors – Dr Sarah Nicholson & Caitlin White

If you have questions, contact Prize Manager Caitlin White: heroinesprize@gmail.com


FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT THE WEBSITE AT: https://www.theneoperennialpress.com/heroinesanthologyprize2020

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