OutStanding Short Story Competition

The OutStanding LGBTQIA+ short story competition 2020

The theme for this year’s competition was “Reconnection”.

Entries have now closed; the stories are now being read by our judging panel.

Winners will be announced on Sunday 27 September; event details to follow.

Prizes Outstanding 2020 will be awarded as follows;

First Prize: $1,000

Second Prize: $250 + Double pass to a Mardi Gras Queer Thinking Session

Third Prize: $150

The Madeline Shaw Youth Prize: $200

Highly Commended: 3 prizes of $100 each

Special thanks to our Patron, Alex Greenwich MP, for his continued support of Outstanding and launching this years theme.

Our deepest thanks to our committee, loved ones, and friends who have donated all funds for the 2020 competition.


Winners presentation at OutStanding 2019

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).