Short Story Competition 2017 Theme 'Summertime and Ocean'

Somers Paper Nautilus invites you to enter a short story writing competition. Write a fiction or non-fiction story on the theme … Summertime and Ocean. Entry is open to all.

Submit your story in one of the following categories:

  • Open Fiction: Fiction story, 500 word limit Prize $150
  • Open Non-fiction: Non-fiction story, 500 word limit Prize $150
  • Children* Under 8 years, fiction or non-fiction story, 300 word limit
    1st prize $30 book voucher, 2nd prize $15 book voucher
  • Middle years: 8 to 12 years, fiction or non-fiction story, 300 word limit
    1st prize $30 book voucher, 2nd prize $15 book voucher
  • Teens: 13 to 18 years, fiction or non-fiction story, 300 word limit
    1st prize $30 book voucher, 2nd prize $15 book voucher

Entries close on Tuesday 28 February 2017
Winners announced on Monday 10 April 2017

Judges: We are delighted to welcome authors, Gary Disher and Wendy Orr, publisher
along with educator Heather Goddard, and publishers Maryann Ballantyne and
Cameron McCullough to our judging panel. Each will judge a category.

 Submit your entry/s to:
or mail to: Somers Paper Nautilus
PO Box 338, Somers VIC 3927

Entry Guidelines

Submissions will be judged on originality, creativity and theme, and must meet entry guidelines.
Please ensure your submission/s meets the following conditions:

  • Separate cover sheet with title, author name, category, phone number, email, postcode
  • Legible, hand-written stories are acceptable only for Children under 8 years category*
  • Send work as a Word.doc file or as printed hard copy for all other categories
  • Do not include your name on the Word file – to assist in anonymous reading
  • Title and page number on each page, typed, Times New Roman font, double spaced
  • Word count must be included
  • Works must be original, unpublished and must not have been submitted elsewhere
  • Entries must be received by 11.59pm on Tuesday 28 February 2017
  • Only entries that meet all criteria will be considered

Competition conditions:

  • Judges decisions are final
  • Nautilus retains the right to publish any/all entries in the Somers Paper Nautilus
  • Fiction & non-fiction categories open to all except Nautilus staff and sponsors
  • Authors aged under 18 years to enter the appropriate category per age group
  • Maximum of two submissions per author
  • Winners agree to their name being published in Somers Paper Nautilus

Sponsors and judges

We are grateful for the generous support provided by Bendigo Community Bank as major
sponsor for the open categories; and by Farrell’s Bookshop, Petersen’s Bookshop and Somers
General Store as sponsors in the children’s categories. Western Port News has generously
provided advertising for the competition.

Our judges Maryanne Ballantyne, Gary Disher, Heather Goddard, Cameron McCullough and
Wendy Orr are sharing their wisdom, expertise and time as they take part in judging. For this
we thank them!

Have a creative summer – start writing now!

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