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Short Story Competition

The Short List has been announced! 

To celebrate our 50th anniversary, in 2020, the St Kilda Historical Society held a short story competition. Entries closed on 7 August 2020. Thank you for your stories - all 134 of them.

The short list has been published and the winners will be announced here on 30 October 2020. 

The Short List - Open Section

 

 Author  Title of Story 
 Gregory Ballinger  Electronic Happiness
 Lindsay Bamfield  A Month in St Kilda
 Nikki Davis  St Moritz
 Alexandra de Fircks  Reflections
 Jane Gilmore  Four Nights in St Kilda 
 Jan Harper  Plein-Air in the Gardens
 Katerina Hasthorpe  Faces
 Eric Kucukyuruk  Saturday Matinee at Astor
 David Pargeter  Chapel Gate Junction
 Samuel Pringle  Whispers
 Aisling Smith  Alliance
 Alicia Sometimes  We are the Music Makers
 Anna Thwaites  The Walk
 Miriam Webster  Queen of Ice-Cream
 Samantha Wilson  Acland Street Blues

 

The Short List - Junior Section

 

 Author  Title of Story 
 Munira Ahmed   The Lady of St Kilda (1)
 Bronte Carrigan  Arson
 Eleni Chapman
 The Lady of St Kilda (2)
 Holly Jones  Adventures Through Time
 Odin Mazza  Martin Backman
 Bonnie Miller  Lunatic Park
 Oliver O’Carroll  The Joker Ghost
 Thomas O’Grady  Sam's Lucky Shell
 Aria Sifonios  The Eildon Adventure
 Alexis Wright  Violets


The Competition Guidelines

You may write on any theme, in any genre and in any time period, providing that the story is inspired by or set in St Kilda.  There are two categories - open and junior.  

So, start writing and make sure your entry is in by 7 August, 2020.

Theme:Writing

Your story should be inspired by or set in St Kilda – it need not be historical.

Your entry should be a complete short fiction story (not in the form of a poem, script or memoir).

You may write on any theme, in any genre and in any time period, providing that the story is inspired by or set in St Kilda.

 Eligibility:

The competition is open to anybody except for the competition judge and readers, and committee members of the St Kilda Historical Society and their families.

Entrants need not be residents of St Kilda.

Stories entered must be entirely the work of the contestant and must not at any time have been published, self-published, broadcast, or published online on any website or public blog, or have won or been placed in any other competition.

Closing date: 11.59 pm Friday 7th August 2020. Entries will not be accepted after this time.

Sections: 

There is an open section and a junior section for contestants who are 15 years of age or younger.

Word count for the open section is 1,500 to 2,000 words.

Word count for the junior section is up to 1,500 words.

Prizes:

Prize winners will be notified by email and the results will be announced at the 2020 AGM of the St Kilda Historical Society.

Open Section

The winner of the Open section will be awarded $1000.

The second placed entrant of the Open section will receive $500.

The third placed entrant of the Open section will receive $250.

Junior Section

The winner of the Junior section will be awarded $500.

The second placed entrant of the Junior section will receive $250.

The third placed entrant of the Junior section will receive $100.

The judge reserves the right not to award a prize in a category if they form the opinion that the entries submitted do not have sufficient merit to warrant the prize.

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All stories will be read and considered in the first instance by a group of local authors who will compile a short list for each section for consideration by the judge. The judge is Lee Kofman, a local St Kilda author.

Judging will be fair and unbiased and made without reference to the entrant’s identity. The judge’s decision will be final and no debate or correspondence will be entered into. The judge will not comment on individual entries. 

Submission:

You can submit your story at any time but not later than by 11.59 pm Friday 7th August 2020.  

All entries must be emailed to the following address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and have  SHORT STORY in the subject field.

All entries must be accompanied by a completed cover sheet.  Download cover sheet here.  

Entries not accompanied by a completed cover sheet will not be considered.

Entrants must not put their name or any other identifying information on their short story or within the file name.

Each entrant may submit only one story. In the case of more than one story being sent, only the first entry received will be considered.

There are no entry fees.

Entry format:

Work must be presented professionally, formatted according to the following rules and spell-checked.

Entries must be in English, typed in a Word 2007 document or later version (.docx file), A4 format.

Entries must be in 12-point font, double-line spaced, each page numbered and include a word count at the top of the first page.

The title of the story must appear in the header at the top of each page.

Remember, the entrant’s name, address, or other identifying information must not appear on the story document.

No changes to an entry may be made after submission.

Entries will not be returned, so please keep a copy of your work. An email confirmation will be sent to the address from which the submission was made. No other correspondence will be entered into.

Entering this competition grants to St Kilda Historical Society the right to place an entrant’s story on the St Kilda Historical Society website and, if appropriate, to publish the story in a St Kilda Historical Society publication. Worldwide copyright in each entry will remain with the author.

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