Short Stories and Flash Fiction Opportunities

Short stories and flash fiction are a wonderful way to build both your craft and your credentials as a writer, as well as presenting their own creative possibilities. Whether you’re looking for a home for a finished piece, or the motivation or prompt to write something new, we’ve rounded up some upcoming opportunities for July-September 2023 below.

Upcoming Opportunities:

Aniko Press Winter Flash Fiction Competition closes 22 July.

The Wakefield Weekly Writing Competition is an exciting monthly challenge for authors Australia-wide. Each month, they release a new prompt for authors to respond to. The prize for the winning author (or authors) includes gift vouchers and the publication of winning entries on the Wakefield Press blog.

  • Nunga Anthology is a new opportunity for First Nations creatives. Editors Dominic Guerrera and Karen Wyld invite Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander storytellers to submit poetry, fiction and graphic stories for an upcoming Wakefield Press anthology. Closing 4 September.
  • Not Quite Write Prize for flash fiction – writers have 60 hours to write a 600 word flash fiction inspired by prompts 14-16 July.
  • Stringybark Stories Erotic Short Story Award closes 13 August.
  • Aesthetica Magazine Creative Writing Award is an international literary prize for new talent in poetry and short fiction. Each winner is awarded with £2,500 as well as publication. Closes 31 August.
  • Fellowship of Australian Writers Queensland Maureen Freer Literary Competition invites short stories to 2000 words with the topic ‘a Line in the Sand’ by 25 August.
  • The mindshare SA Awards recognise short story writers with a lived experience, featured during Mental Health Month. Closes 24th July.
  • AlburyCity Short Story Award: writers from across Australia are invited to enter the award with stories up to 3,000 words. There is no set theme, and the first prize is $1000. Closing 25 July.
  • 2023 Nature Writing Prize: celebrating the art of nature writing and encourage a greater appreciation of Australia’s magnificent landscapes. It invites Australian writers at all stages in their writing journey to participate. 28 July.
  • Literary Competition 2023 Sutherland Shire. Australian residents over 18 years of age are invited to submit their individual, original works in the following categories: Traditional verse (max 80 lines), Free verse (max 80 lines), Short story (max 2,000 words). Major prizes offered in each category are: Winner: $1,000; Highly Commended: $500. Theme: EMERGING. Entry Fee: $20.00 per poem/story. 31 July.
  • Overland Literary Journal are currently open for fiction submissions for their print magazine

View more opportunities here.
Check out our list of Australian and international journals and publishers here.

To get you inspired, we’ve rounded up a selection of SA short story collections:

Need to sharpen your skills before you hit submit, or get expert advice on getting short fiction published? Come along to our online short story workshop on July 22.

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