‘I Love Writing’ Short Story Competition is a joint project between the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival and I Love Bello Shire.
Despite cancellation of the Festival this year, this writing competition will continue and is a chance for local readers and writers to get creative, in keeping with the Festivals commitment to cultural production.


 

** UPDATE: COMPETITION DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JUNE 30, 2020 **

Competition Categories

Junior – Open to Students in Years 4-5-6

Secondary – Open to Students in Years 7-12

OPEN – Open to everyone over 18 years of age.

 

Criteria for entry

  • Must live in Bellingen, Nambucca or Coffs Harbour Council areas
  • Length of story:
    • Junior: Up to 250 words;
    • Secondary: Up to 1000 words;
    • Open: Up to 1,500 words.
  • Fiction and creative non-fiction narrative stories only
  • Your entry must include the word ‘heart’.
  • Free entry

 

Prizes (total prize pool $825):

Junior:

  • First prize $50
  • Second prize $25
  • Publication of prize winner and 5 best short stories on the ILBS and BRWF websites and in a planned anthology available in e-book form on Amazon.au
  • Winner published in weekly ILBS e-newsletter
  • Live readings of short stories to be announced

Secondary:

  • First prize $150
  • Second prize $100
    Publication of prize winner and 5 best short stories on the ILBS and BRWF websites and in a planned anthology available in e-book form on Amazon.au
  • Winner published in weekly ILBS e-newsletter
  • Live readings of short stories to be announced

Open:

  • First prize $300
  • Second prize $200
  • Publication of prize winner and 5 best short stories on the ILBS and BRWF websites and in a planned anthology available in e-book form on Amazon.au
  • Winner published in weekly ILBS e-newsletter
  • Live readings of short stories to be announced

 

Deadline for entry

  • Midnight, 30 June 2020 (stories submitted after this date will not be considered)

 

When submitting your story:

  • Junior submissions will be accepted hand-written or typed.
  • Secondary and Open must be typed (no handwritten submissions)
  • Must be submitted in Word or Pages format (no PDF or other formats accepted)
  • The digital file name must be the story title
  • Must be submitted digitally to ilovewritingcomp@gmail.com
  • Must NOT have author’s name identified on the story submission
  • Must be accompanied by an ENTRY FORM (download from Cover Sheet here )

 

Judging

  • Judges will be librarians and authors
  • Quality of entries based on:
    • Style and language
    • Creativity and originality
    • Story line and plot
    • Structure
    • Character development
    • Cohesiveness

 

Important dates:

  • Entries open: 30 April 2020
  • Entries Close: 30 June 2020

Important Document:

Download Entrants Cover Sheet here.

 

Queries & Entry Submissions: email ilovewritingcomp@gmail.com