The Stringybark Open Theme Short Story Award 2022


Stringybark Stories is proud to announce its 37th short story competition. The Stringybark Open Theme Short Story Award 2022 is now accepting entries. Clean the spilt coffee out of your keyboard (or sharpen your goose quill — whichever is more appropriate) and start writing a 1500 word (max) story that will excite the judges. We are looking for great short stories that address any theme that grabs you. But to just make life not too easy, the story has two stipulations. Firstly, it is to be written for those over the age of 16 and secondly, it must have a link, no matter how tenuous, to Australia. It could be a mention of a Vegemite sandwich, or the fact that Australia is the world’s biggest exporter of climate-destroying coal. The story could be set in Australia or have an Australian in it. Anything really. Your choice!

We have an award pool of over $1000 in cash and books to encourage you in this endeavour, provided by our sponsor Stringybark Publishing. Entries close 13 Feb 2022.

Opens: 15 Nov 2021
Closes: 11:59 pm AEST 13 Feb 2022
Length: ≤1500 words
Award value: Over $1000 in cash and books.

Entry fees: $14 for one story, $26 for two stories, $36 for three stories (max). Details at:


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