short story competition

short story competition

Submissions open 2nd February 2018. Closing date 1st May 2018.

crazy crow Publishing and Distribution is hunting you down. Those of you with edgy, captivating and previously unpublished works in the styles and genres mentioned on our homepage.

A single submission will cost you AU$5.00, and for 2018 that is all we are accepting.

Each year there will be a theme. The 2018 theme is 3AM.

The 10 winning contributors will be published in the 2018 paperback/eBook titled: 3AM.

Fiction and Nonfiction: 
Maximum 3,000 words for all fiction and nonfiction submissions. Micro or flash fiction (between 150-1000 words) will also be accepted alongside longer short stories (between 1000-2500 words). Innovative style and re-wilded parlance acceptable.

Poems needs to be fewer than 100 lines. We accept rap, beat poetry, social commentary and stand-up-style performance poetry and satire.

All literary submissions must follow this checklist:

  • Short stories and poems must use Times New Roman font
  • All must use 12-point font size
  • Double spacing
  • Pages must be numbered
  • Our house style is Australian Standard: singular quotations and Australian spelling
  • Include a header with the title of your work
  • Your name should not appear anywhere on your work
  • Submit work via email as a word document (.doc, .docx, .rtf)
  • Submit via the contact form below using the subject line – 3AM Submission 2018

You will also be required to attach a separate cover letter, which is to include your name, address, email address, phone number, website (if applicable) and a fifty word, third-person bio. No photographs or other artwork are to be attached

Short Story Process There is no cash prize. We will work together to promote this book worldwide as a platform for your future work
We will be looking for the 10 most exciting stories in any of the abovementioned formats

  • Open to submissions 2nd Feb 2018
  • Closes 1st May 2018
  • Shortlist announced 22nd June 2018
  • Successful applicants announced 2nd August 2018
  • 3AM worldwide release 1st November 2018
  • Promotion will end 22nd December 2018

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Submit Entry after 2nd Feb 2018:

  1. Pay  1 submission (only) costs A$5
  2. Read – Terms & Conditions – uploading entries to the Short Story Competition indicates your agreement to the conditions of entry. Read full Terms & Conditions and tick checkbox on contact form below.
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