OutStanding Short Story Competition

The OutStanding LGBTQIA+ “Miniature” short story competition 2021

Are you a keen writer? OutStanding Short Story Competition is celebrating Mardi Gras season with Miniature, a competition of VERY short stories (fifty words or less)!

The 2021 Miniature Theme is “SHINE”.

The Competition is now open.

Closing date for entries is 11.59pm Saturday 20 March 2021.

Judges for this years competition are Gail Hewison and Stafford Hamilton.

Winners will be announced at 4pm Saturday 27 March, 2021 on our Facebook page.

Prizes for this year are as follows;

First Prize is $300 ($6 a word!)
Two runner up prizes of $100 each.

Click here to enter Miniature 2021 and for competition rules.

Kind regard and best of luck, 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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