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Short Fiction and Poetry Awards

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Short Fiction and Poetry Awards

Entries for the City of Rockingham Short Fiction and Poetry Awards 2020 are now open.

The theme for the 2020 Short Fiction and Poetry Award is ‘Connection’. This theme can be interpreted in any way the writer chooses.

The awards are open to all Western Australian residents, and writers may enter into the following categories:

  • New Writer
  • Over 50s Writer 
  • Word. (Youth category)

All entries will be considered for the Serenity Press Open Award and local residents who enter will automatically be included for the Local Resident Award.

As part of the Short Fiction and Poetry Awards, young writers aged 12–18 are invited to enter the City’s Youth Writing Category, Word. Word. is open to young writers who can pursue a wider range of writing styles including short fiction, poetry, lyrics, opinion pieces or other forms of written expression. Young writers will still need to explore the theme of ‘connection’ in their writing, and will still be eligible for the Serenity Press Open Award and Local Resident Award if applicable.

Please read and agree to the full Terms and Conditions at the bottom of the entry form. Entries close 4pm on Friday 23 October 2020.

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Awards

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Serenity Press Open Award 

A one-on-one session with the Serenity Press publishing team to guide an author on their publishing journey, as well as a lifetime membership to the Everything Publishing Academy. Prize provided by Serenity Press.

A $500 cash component from the City of Rockingham and story or poem to be published in the City’s anthology. 

Emerging Writer Award

A one-on-one mentorship with an Underground Writer Senior Editor as well as the opportunity to publish a short story or poem in a relevant issue of Underground, Underground Writers online magazine. Prize provided by Underground Writers.

A $200 cash component from the City of Rockingham and story or poem to be published in the City’s anthology. 

Local Resident Award 

A one-on-one session with the Principal Publisher of Hague Publishing as well as a $100 cash component provided by Hague Publishing.

A $200 cash component from the City of Rockingham and story or poem to be published in the City’s anthology.

Over 50s Award 

An annual membership to the Everything Publishing Academy.

A $200 cash component from the City of Rockingham and story or poem to be published in the City’s anthology. 

Word. Youth Competition 

A logo design package and a social media consult with the team from Ignite Perth.

A $200 cash component from the City of Rockingham and written work to be published in the City’s anthology. 

Anthology

The City of Rockingham will publish an anthology of short stories and poems to showcase the local writing talent. Included in the anthology will be:

  • Winners of each category of the Short Fiction and Poetry Awards, including the Word. Youth Competition;
  • Highly commended entries from the Short Fiction and Poetry Awards; and
  • A selection of stand-out pieces of work from the Writers Mentorship Program.

Sponsors

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Proudly supported by Serenity PressHague Publishing and Underground Writers

Thank you to Serenity Press for being the major sponsor of the Short Fiction and Poetry Awards 2020. Serenity Press is a heart-centered publisher of beautiful books by authors including Sarah, Duchess of York, Kate Forsyth, Juliet Marillier, Sophie Masson, Teena Raffa-Mulligan, Monique Mulligan, Karen Weaver and many more.

Priding themselves in sharing books that will be around for many years; they are forever growing and passionate about the power of story. Their Folklore and Children's book list are where their future growth will be. 

Serenity Press was founded in 2014 by Karen McDermott and has consistently grown since.

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