Connecting everyone to the world of story

Image Alt

2021 Short Story Competition for writers 18+

  /    /  2021 Short Story Competition for writers 18+

All writers of children’s stories aged 18+ are invited to enter the 2021 StoryLinks Short Story competition

Entries should be a short story, maximum of 1000 words, suitable for children of any age up to 15 years old.
Due date for entries is Friday, 2 April 2021.
The shortlist will be announced Saturday,  1 May 2021.
The winner will be announced at the annual Narelle Oliver Children’s Literature Lecture on Thursday evening, 19 May 2021.
The winner will receive $250.00 and their story will be published on the StoryLinks website.

Previous winners  

2020: Mindy is Strange by Desmond Doyle

2019: The Microscope by Genevieve Young

2018: Tuck Shop Takeover by Combat Dad by Debbie Smith

Terms and conditions of entry: Please read carefully. Failure to comply may result in your entry being disqualified.

  • Entrants must be over 18 years of age Australian residents and include their email address and phone number.
  • Entrants may enter as many stories as they like provided they have never been published before. Each entry must be entered separately with a separate email.
  • Maximum number of words – 1000 words.
  • Submissions should be emailed to:
  • All entries must be submitted in an email attachment as a word document or PDF. No other format will be accepted.
  • The subject line must be in this format: ‘Title of the Short Story’ followed by the words ‘StoryLinks Short Story 2021’
  • The body of the email should list: Name of author, Title of entry, Word count, Contact Details & email address.
  • Each page should be numbered with the title in a header. Author details must not appear on these pages.
  • Entries should be in Times New Roman at 12 point double spaced.
  • Entries should not have won any other competition at the time of entry and should not have been published in any form.
  • Entries must be the original work of the author and submission acknowledges that information relating to this competition has been read, that it is understood, and all conditions are met.
  • Entries that have been submitted to this competition previously should not be resubmitted.
  • The judge/s reserve the right to not award prize money if none of the entries fulfill all set criteria, and/or do not meet the quality sought by the judging panel.
  • Competition opens Tuesday 1 February 2021  and closes midnight Friday 2 April 2021.
  • Copyright remains with the author with first publication rights to StoryLinks.
  • Failure to abide by the rules will result in an entry being rejected.
  • The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Happy Writing

1942 Amsterdam Ave NY (212) 862-3680
[contact-form-7 404 "Not Found"]
Free shipping
for orders over 50%