OutStanding Short Story Competition

Winners Announcement for the 2024 OutStanding LGBTQI+ Miniature* Very Short Story Competition.

 

 

 

 

 

The standard of writing for entries of this year’s “Miniature* Very Short Story Competition” was so high, it was both a delight and a torment for our esteemed judges. But a winner must be selected, and without further ado, the Winner of this year’s competition and recipient of the $500 first prize is:

Elisa Hall – Heatwave 1994

That summer sweat droplets rolled across my skin mingling with yours. The air was thick with humidity as we slept, hair sticking to us, dreams making you twitch. A song, ‘Protection’, drifted up the stairs, which was what we needed as boys were thrown from the cliffs.

Our four Highly Commended stories each receiving $50 are:  

Seth Malacari – Christmas Day

Christmas Day is in full swing. High thirties, no breeze. Nan is complaining, Mum is in the pool, Dad is sweating in the kitchen, Uncle Mick is drunk, and I am treading carefully through the wrapping paper holding my girlfriend’s hand, hoping my family sees this love as a gift.

Kristof Mikes-Liu – Mid-July, Evening Mass

It’s cold. Like seasonal heating, my longing breeds sinfulness.
I fumble prayer. My supplications freeze.
His arm brushes mine. Fleece-lined coats separate our flesh.
I savour the idea of a man’s body against my own.
This man’s body.
A midwinter heatwave erupts inside my skin.

Antony Phan – Purple Crown

Grandfather’s gate in Vietnam was ablaze with purple bougainvillea.
On our last day there, we took a cousins-only group photo.
Someone suggested we hold the fiery flowers to our ears for fun.
My mother hissed.
In the photo, everyone holds bright purple crowns.

My gay hands hold nothing. 

Sam Elkin – Hoctapod

‘My tattoo’s gone!’ Miffy screamed.
I examined her shoulder. The swirling electric pink and blue Octopus, whose tentacles had once run from her elbow to collarbone was missing.

Moments later we found it in the sink, cooling off in last night’s dish water.
‘More of your trans magic?’ I asked.  

Congratulations to our winners, we would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all the writers who submitted their wonderful stories this year. Stay tuned for the “OutStanding Short Story Competition” later in the year. Bios of our winning writers will be published on Facebook this week and will be available on our website.

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The OutStanding committee; Gail Hewison, Robert Tait, Nicole Baker-Bryson & Stafford Hamilton

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