AlburyCity Short Story Award
The annual AlburyCity Short Story Award is open to entrants throughout Australia. Stories can be up to 3000 words. Our judge this year is Lucy Treloar, author of critically acclaimed novels Wolfe Island and Salt Creek.
Winners will be announced on Thursday 10 September, 2020, during the Write Around the Murray Festival.
- Theme: Open theme
- Word limit: 3,000
- Entry fee: $10
- First prize: $1,000
- Closing date: 5pm, Thursday 23 July, 2020
Further details in the conditions of entry
Read winning and highly commended entries in previous competitions here
What do our judges look for in a short story?
Kate Rotherham and Lucy Treloar shared some great insights, resources and suggestions for developing the art of short story writing when they sat down in conversation on Thursday 28 May. Listen below or tune in and subscribe via your favourite podcast platform. View the list of short story collections they refer to here.
Resources referred to by Kate and Lucy included:
- Josephine Rowe, Here Until August, Tarcutta Wake, How A Moth Becomes a Boat
- Jennifer Down, Pulse Points
- Elizabeth Strout, Olive Kitteridge (a short story collection as well as a novel!) and Olive Again
- Denis Johnson, Jesus’ Son, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden
- Cate Kennedy, Dark Roots, Like A House On Fire
- Tim Winton, Minimum of Two, The Turning, Scission and other stories
- Paddy O’Reilly, Peripheal Vision, The End of The World
- ANTHOLOGIES: Best Australian Stories (annual collections published by Black Inc, discontinued last year but available in libraries); Kill Your Darlings' New Australian Fiction (2019), Award Winning Australian Writing (Melbourne Books)
- JOURNALS: Meanjin, Overland, Kill Your Darlings, Island, FourW, Southerly