OutStanding Short Story Competition

OutStanding LGBTQI+ Miniature* Very Short Story competition 2022, is proud to announce the winning story and three highly commended entries. Our theme was “Sparks”, there were so many wonderful stories this year we have awarded a third highly commended prize.
We would like to thank everyone who submitted stories, but as they say, there can only be one winner.
The winning Story receiving a prize of $300
“Hand of Dog” by Elisa Hall
Sparks caught my eye as I was driving, a still black shape on the footpath. Crouched over the shape was a small child wearing a blue Elsa princess dress, a rainbow flag tied crookedly around his shoulders. I stopped, and quietly held the paw and the hand, until the end.
Our three Highly commended stories, presented in random order receiving prizes of $100
“Olives and Artichokes” by Russ Gluyas
We first meet eight years prior to making it official. I made gourmet sandwiches, he made costume jewellery. I would blush as he seduced me over the deli assortments. His favourite was ham, brie, pear and fruit chutney. My heart felt like ambers exploding. We were definitely destined for more.
“The Sparky” by Seth Malacari
A knock on the door. My date is early.
‘You’re early,’ I say. Overalls. Underdressed. Attractive though. ‘I thought we said 8 for dinner?’
‘I’m the electrician,’ she says, voice like honey.
‘Right, the lights. Bedroom is this way.’
I let my dressing gown fall open.
‘After you,’ she says.
“Straitjacket” by Susan McDonald
Tiny sparks flicker in the back of my brain. Listening to the trans woman at the work diversity seminar I know that my experience overlaps in ways more profound than our mutual love of wild hair colours. My chest tightens and the grey suit I wear feels like a straitjacket.

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


Winners presentation at OutStanding 2019

Get to know the OutStanding Short Story Competition 2021 winners here.

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Get to know the OutStanding Short Story Competition 2018 prize winners here.

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