The Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Writing Competition

Winner $200AU + anthology cover based on the winner’s story

TOP 40 published 

(all published entrants receive free copy of anthology)

(Sponsorship Opportunities Available – Contact Carolyn)

Closes 6PM Monday 2nd September 2019 

Maximum 1,000 words 

Entrants must be 18 years and over, and residents of Australia

Theme: Together in Diversity, Australia in 2019

$5AU entry

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.

You might write of, for instance, ethnicities, genders, LGBTQIA, Aboriginal stories, regions, city versus country, being the only one not a minority in a diverse community, the generational divides… Your character might be an Australian living or holidaying in another country. The scope is as broad as your imagination.

Whoever you choose as your main character, they must cross paths with a person or people different from them.

Judges : 

  • C T Mitchell – Bestselling international mystery crime writer.
  • Carolyn Martinez – Director, Hawkeye Publishing + Author.
  • Mystery Guest – watch this space for someone special coming soon.

Prize Pool :

  • Winner: $200AU + Anthology front cover design based on winner’s story.
  • Shortlisted (2nd – 5th placed) names published.
  • Top 40 stories will be published in an anthology – recording in perpetuity community spirit of 2019. Top 40 authors receive a free copy of the anthology.

Shortlisted and Longlisted finalists names published on

Judges can’t wait to read your stories!

Filed under:

Stay in the loop:

The latest literary news, events, opportunities, workshops, competitions and more, delivered weekly to your inbox.

Major Supporters