Thank you to all the writers from your wonderful stories submitted to OutStanding 2021. The judges loved reading your works, and the interpretations of this year’s theme of “Ooops!”
The Winners of the OutStanding LGBTQIA+ short story competition for 2021 are:
First Prize of $1,500: “Oooh Black Stretch T Shirt” by Alan Spink
Second Prize of $500: “You” by Kate Pozzobon
Third Prize of $300: “Wrecked” by Elisa Hall
Highly Commended prizes of $100:
“Love Song” by Eva Svanberg
“Dear Dez” by Harry Smith
“The Awesomeness of being an ordinary Lesbian” by Stephanie Ashton
“First Time” by Susan McDonald
Madeline Shaw Youth Prize of $250: “Lucy and the abandoned tea” by Kyla Rajkumar
Youth Prize runner up of $100: “Drive by Samantha Black”
Administrators Prize of $100: “Indigo” by Elisa Hall
Get to know the OutStanding Short Story Competition 2021 winners and read their stories here.
The OutStanding committee would like to thank our Patron Alex Greenwich MP, our guest judge Dr Sophie Robinson, long-time OutStanding supporter Liz Robertson-Rickman, and to express our deep gratitude to our sponsors, Lesbians Incorporated, Madeline Shaw’s loved ones, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, and the enormously generous people who contributed private donations.
Stay tuned for Miniature* very short story competition coming in 2022
The OutStanding committee; Gail Hewison, Robert Tait, Nicole Baker-Bryson & Stafford Hamilton
Get to know the OutStanding Short Story Competition 2020 winners here.
Get to know the OutStanding Short Story Competition 2019 winners here.
Read the Kindle edition of ‘Lightning Flash: OutStanding Queer Australian Writing 2019’ here.
Get to know the OutStanding Short Story Competition 2018 prize winners here.
Read the Kindle edition of ‘Next Big Thing: 2018 Winners’ here.
Read the Kindle edition of ‘It’s Complicated: 2017 Winners’ here.
Listen to the OutStanding Short Story Competition podcast here.
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OutStanding acknowledges the traditional owners of the land now known as Australia, over which sovereignty has never been ceded. We pay respects to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, as the rightful custodians of the land on which we live and work. We acknowledge Elders past, present, and emerging. We would also like to acknowledge the struggles of LGBTI First Peoples and thank them for their part in the broader struggle for full human rights. Always was, always will be Aboriginal land. We also acknowledge the contribution of Maori people in the ongoing prosperity of Aotearoa (New Zealand).