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Short Story Competition 2020


Short Story Competition 2020

Odyssey House Victoria invites all writers to enter in our annual Short Story Competition, this years theme is “Isolation”. This competition is open to writers of all ages and experience and submissions are due by the 13th of November. Happy writing!

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  • Open to writers of all ages and experience

  • Limit three entries per person

  • Entry fee is $10 per submission

  • No more than 1500 words per story

  • Stories must use the theme of “Isolation”

  • Stories must make a reference to alcohol and or drugs

  • Submissions due 13th of November 2020

  • Submissions must adhere to formatting and the terms and conditions.


1st Place

and 1 year membership to Writers Victoria

2nd Place


3rd Place


The fine print

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 expand the tab below, download the entry form 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 All entries must be the original work of the author, previously unpublished in any online or printed publication and have not achieved a place in any other competition.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 “Isolation”. 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. Payment and submission can be made either online or through a physical entry form.  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 judges reserve 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 13 November 2020. 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 2020.
  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, in Arial or Times New Roman. Please leave at least 3cm margins. The judges reserve the right to reject work incorrectly formatted.
  3. The story’s name and page number must be included in the header of each page. DO NOT include the author’s name.
  4. (Submitting online) All entries must be submitted as PDF through the online portal along with completion of the online form fields and payment. Do not include any personal information on submitted work. Please save your PDF file as your story title only, do not include any personal information in the file name. 
  5. (Submitting by post) All entries must be submitted in hard copy along with a completed entry form.

Entry to Short Story Competition- Isolation 2020

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