august, 2021

01augAll DaySydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Writing Competition 2021AustraliaEntry Fee:$12 Max word count:1,000 Top Prize:$250 and publication

Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Writing Competition 2021

Event Details

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.
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