Writing Competitions

Fresh Fiction Writing Competition

COMP GUIDELINES – Story Studios Australia Fresh Fiction Competition

Entries will open in Term 2 2024

2024 THEME

A touch of magic

WHO CAN ENTER

KIDS: open to young writers aged 7-12 years residing in Australia OR enrolled for Semester 1, 2024.

Entry is free for young writers enrolled in a Story Studios Australia weekly group or mentorship for Semester 1, 2024.

Entry for all other young writers is $10. 

TEENS: open to teen writers aged 13-17 years residing in Australia OR enrolled for Semester 1, 2024 and aged 13-17.

Entry is free for young writers enrolled in a Story Studios Australia weekly group or mentorship for Semester 1, 2024.

Entry for all other teen writers is $10. 

ADULT: open to adult writers 18 years and older who are Australian residents.

Entry for all adults is $20. 

THE PRIZES 

KIDS: 7-12 year olds winner to receive $150

TEENS: 13-17 year olds winner to receive $300

ADULTS: 18+ winner to receive $500

Winners will be announced at the end of Term 2, 2024 (Victorian Government School Terms)

RULES

Entries that fail to meet the following criteria will not be accepted:

KIDS AND TEENS:

  • Stories must be between 500 words (minimum) and 1000 words (maximum) 
  • Your entry must be a new and original story (no assistance from parents, teachers, AI etc.) and should not infringe on a third party’s intellectual property rights (i.e. no copycats)
  • Your story must relate to the theme in some way 
  • You are only permitted to submit one story 
  • Your story cannot be something you have worked on in school or in a Story Studios Australia/MYWS weekly group or mentorship
  • All stories must be works of fiction (poetry will be accepted as long as there is an element of story/narrative)
  • Entries must not contain any strong language, strong violence or gore. (think PG)
  • Submissions must not be offensive or rude (a little bit cheeky is fine). We recommend ambiguity and subtlety for any stories dealing with darker themes and references!
  • The entry must be unpublished (either in print or online) and not under consideration elsewhere. 
  • They must adhere with the Terms and Conditions and Entry Formatting Rules (view these in submissions portal).

ADULTS:

  • Stories must be between 1000 words (minimum) and 1500 words (maximum) 
  • Your entry must be a new and original story (no assistance from AI etc.) and should not infringe on a third party’s intellectual property rights (i.e. no copycats)
  • Your story must relate to the theme in some way 
  • You are only permitted to submit one story 
  • All stories must be works of fiction (poetry will be accepted as long as there is an element of story/narrative)
  • Entries must not contain any strong language, strong violence or gore.
  • Submissions must not be offensive or rude (a little bit cheeky is fine). We recommend ambiguity and subtlety for any stories dealing with darker themes and references!
  • The entry must be unpublished (either in print or online) and not under consideration elsewhere. 
  • They must adhere with the Terms of and Conditions and Entry Formatting Rules (view these in submissions portal).

HOW TO ENTER

  • Submissions will open in Term 2 2024 via our submissions portal

Submission portal formatting rules:

  • All stories must be submitted in font Arial size 12 with 1.15 spacing
  • All stories must be submitted as a Word or Pages document
  • Title the subject of your document ‘Fresh Fiction Entry – Writer Name’ 

Fresh Fiction Terms and Conditions

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There are 2 huge prizes up for grabs. Each winner will receive 1 x MYWS school holiday program valued at $120 (valid for 12 months) and 2 x Ukiyo Journey tickets valued at $177 (valid for 12 months)!

Submissions close at midnight on Sunday 9 July.

WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

Read Ariana’s winning entry, A Twisted Tale, HERE.

Read Zach’s winning entry, The Shadow Wolves, HERE.

Read the full submission guidelines HERE.

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