Image: Impossible Objects, by Jo Curtain. Photo from Art Installation Time, by Rone, used with permission

 

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The Geelong Writers Prize is open to writers who live, work or study in the City of Greater Geelong, Borough of Queenscliffe, Surf Coast, Colac-Otway or Golden Plains shires. The competition is also open to writers who are members of Geelong Writers, wherever they live.

The competition is for prose fiction and creative nonfiction works between 2,000 and 3,000 words.

First prize: $2,000
Second prize: $500
Third prize: $250

Entry fee: $20 per story
…………… $15 per story Geelong Writers members

Winners will be announced in May 2024, and shortlisted works will be published in an anthology and on the Geelong Writers website.

 

COMPETITION GUIDELINES

  1. The competition is open to writers who live, work or study in the City of Greater Geelong, Borough of Queenscliffe, Surf Coast, Colac-Otway or Golden Plains shires
  2. The competition is also open to writers who are members of Geelong Writers, wherever they live
  3. Entries must be a minimum of 2,000 words to a maximum of 3,000 words, excluding the title
  4. All works must have a title
  5. Entry fees are $20 per story; $15 per story for Geelong Writers members
  6. Entrants may submit up to three works, each at the specified entry fee
  7. Entries must be received, and entry fees paid, by midnight on 28 February 2024
  8. All entries must be in English, double-spaced, use 12 point Times New Roman font and may be Word documents (.doc or .docx) or PDFs
  9. Entrant’s name must not appear anywhere on the work as the pieces will be blind judged
  10. Stories must be the original work of the entrant and must not have been published (personal blog and social media posts excepted ) or been awarded a prize in any competition
  11. Simultaneous submissions are permitted; however, the writer must notify us if a story is accepted for publication or is longlisted or shortlisted in another competition
  12. Fees will not be refunded
  13. No corrections will be accepted, nor any correspondence entered into
  14. Authors retain copyright of their work
  15. The judge’s decision is final
  16. Any member of the committee of management of Geelong Writers involved in the pre-reading process prior to the final judging shall be precluded from entering
  17. In entering this competition
    • You give permission for your work, should it be shortlisted, to be published in full or part on Geelong Writers website, and/or in any Geelong Writers publications
    • You declare that the work submitted is your own original work
    • You acknowledge that failure to abide by any of the stated rules may make your entry, or entries, ineligible.

 

 

JUDGE – LIZ MONUMENT

Liz writes fiction, and coaches all genres (including children’s and non-fiction). She teaches on the Jericho Writers International Unlimited Novel Writing Course, and works privately with all kinds of clients. Some just want to commit family stories to paper for posterity’s sake, others are already mainstream published authors. Liz works hand-in-hand with a small network of international literary agents to accelerate the submission process for writers of talent. Her fiction is published by Fahrenheit Press, UK.

To find out what the judges are looking for, read last years’ anthology, 2023 Geelong Writers Prize: The Shortlist, which includes the judges’ report. Available to purchase here, $20, plus $10.90 postage.

 

ENQUIRIES

Please direct any enquiries to the Competitions Coordinator at competitions@geelongwriters.org.au