ODYSSEY HOUSE VICTORIA: Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment, Training & Support

Courage 2017


Odyssey House Victoria invites all writers to enter in our annual Short Story Competition. This years theme is “Courage”, an important strength to have when overcoming challenges. This competition is open to writers of all ages and experience and submissions are due by the 3rd of November. Happy writing!


  • Open to writers of all ages and experience
  • Limit three entries per person
  • No more than 1500 words per submission
  • Stories must use the theme of “Courage”
  • Stories must make a reference to alcohol and or drugs
  • Entry fee is $10 per submission
  • Submissions due Friday 3rd of November 2017.


  • 1st: $1,000 + 1 year membership to Writers Victoria
  • 2nd: $100
  • 3rd: $50

All entries are judged by a panel of esteemed authors and our own CEO, Stefan Gruenert.

Please take the time to read the terms and conditions, as well as our formatting preferences. It is at the discretion of the judging panel to refuse any submissions that do not adhere to the terms. To enter online, please expand the tab below and fill out the mandatory fields. If you would like to post your entry, please download it here and follow the instructions. Good luck!

  1. All entries must be the original work of the author, previously unpublished in any online or printed publication and have not achieved a place in any other competition.
  2. Entries that have been submitted to this competition previously should not be resubmitted.
  3. All entries must be fiction, include a reference to alcohol and/or drugs and address the theme “Courage”. This theme is open to interpretation. The author does not necessarily have to write about alcohol and/or other drugs.
  4. Entry cost is $10 per short story submission with a maximum of 3 entries per person.
  5. Payment must accompany all entries and is non-refundable. Entries submitted without payment will not be accepted. If submitting online, payment can be made online by credit card or Paypal. If entering with a physical entry form, cheques or money orders can be made payable to Odyssey House Victoria. All cheques or money orders must be in Australian dollars.
  6. The judge reserves the right to not award prize money if none of the entries fulfil all set criteria, and/or do not meet the quality sought by the judging panel.
  7. The closing date for entries is Friday 3 November 2017. Winners will be contacted by Odyssey House Victoria and published on the Odyssey House website.
  8. Prizes will be awarded for the top three stories. First place prize: $1,000 plus 12 month membership to Writers Victoria. Second place prize: $100. Third place prize: $50.
  9. The judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  10. Winners ONLY will be notified during December 2017.
  11. Copyright will remain with the author but Odyssey House Victoria reserves the right to publish the prize-winning and runner-up stories.
  1. Maximum length for each entry is 1,500 words. The judges reserve the right to reject work exceeding the word length.
  2. All entries must be typed using double spacing, 12 point Arial or Times New Roman font on white A4 paper. Please leave at least 3cm margins.
  3. The story’s name and page number must be included in the header or footer. Do not include the author’s name anywhere on the story, except on the entry form.
  4. (Submitting Online)All entries must be submitted as PDF with a completed entry form.
  5. (Submitting by post) All entries must be submitted in hard copy along with a completed entry form. Please submit 2 copies of your story.

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