OutStanding Short Story Competition

The OutStanding LGBTQIA+ short story competition 2020

We received stories from our community of queer writers, from all over Australia, and a record number in the Youth section. The stories this year were inspiring, touching, sometimes deeply sad, and occasionally very funny. During what has been a difficult year of uncertainty, social distancing and self-isolating this year’s theme of Reconnection pushed our writers to excel.

We congratulate and thank all the writers who participated, it was one of our most difficult years ever to select winners!

We are proud to announce the winners of OutStanding 2020.

First Prize of $1,000: Jewel Swe for “Bittersweet Honey”

Second Prize of $250 + Double pass to a Mardi Gras Queer Thinking Session: Max Hayward for “The Return”

Third Prize of $150: Adrik Kemp for “Neon Lovers”

The Madeline Shaw Youth Prize of $200: Stephanie Falk for “Rockpool”

Youth Runner Up Prize of $100: Jenny Nguyen for “Home”

Highly Commended Prize of $100: Elisa Hall for “Alternate Universe”

Highly Commended Prize of $100: Erin Riley for “Josie and the three cheese lasagne”

Highly Commended Prize of $100: Sam Andrews for “Walking together”


The Winners announcement video is available on the OutStanding YouTube channel.

For more information on this year’s winners please visit out “2020 Winners page”

We would like the thank our friends and sponsors for their generous donations to help fund the competition and prizes.  Our patron Alex Greenwich MP for his continued and ongoing support of OutStanding and the Queer literary community. Aquila from NoTrees for her ongoing website and technical support, and finally our Guest judge again this year, Dr Sophie Robinson.

Stay tuned for our next Miniatures competition in 2021.

Kind regard, 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 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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