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Margaret River Short Story Competition 2019 now open for submissions

Published 18th June, 2018 in News

The Margaret River Short Story Competition is now open for submissions. The final judge and editor for the 2019 collection is Michelle Cahill. The competition is open to authors of any age and nationality. Winning and shortlisted stories will be published in both print and eBook format.

The competition closes 28 September 2018.



First Prize sponsored by Margaret River Press: $500 cash prize, $500 contribution towards an airfare and accommodation to attend the Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival 2019.

Second Prize sponsored by Margaret River Press: $250 cash prize.

Southwest Prize sponsored by Edith Cowan University (South West): $250 cash prize. (the South West Prize is open to residents from Bunbury to Augusta, including Dardanup, Boyanup, Donnybrook, Balingup, Greenbushes, Bridgetown, Nannup, Manjimup, Pemberton, Quinninup and Northcliffe.)



Please read the instructions carefully and avoid emailing or calling Margaret River Press. However, if you do have a query please email:

Entries open Monday 18 June and close Friday 28 September 2018.

Please send an ELECTRONIC copy of each story to

Each submission must be accompanied by a TYPED entry form.

Entry Fee: AU$15 for first entry and AU$10 for additional entries. Fees must be paid via direct deposit. An entry cover page (see details below) must accompany each story.

Entry Limit: There is no entry limit but a fee per entry applies.

Theme: Open.

Word Count: A maximum of 3000 words applies.


Format: Page numbers must be shown on the bottom right-hand corner of each page of the story, and the title of the story is to appear on the top left-hand corner of each page. The writer’s name is not to be shown on any of the pages of the story.

Stories must be typed with 1.5 spacing and in 12pt Times New Roman typeface. Entrants must submit an ELECTRONIC copy of each story.


Entries must be an original story by the submitting writer and not previously published, shortlisted or a prize winner in any other competition.


Copyright remains with the writer. Margaret River Press has first option to print the work in a publication of selected work from the competition. Writers also consent to their work being published electronically in whole or in part by Margaret River Press. Publication may also occur in a physical display or through the local media.

Acknowledgement of receipt: Receipt of entries will be acknowledged via email. We provide updates of longlisting, shortlisting and winners on our social media pages – Facebook, Twitter and through our newsletter. To subscribe to our newsletter please visit our website:

Story selection: The judges’ decision is final. No correspondence or discussion will be entered into. Judges are not compelled to award a prize in any category.

Condition of Award: A condition of entry is that the general category winner (if a resident in Australia) and the Southwest winner be available to participate in events in the promotion of the publication.

Editing: The editor of the collection reserves the right to undertake editing of the works selected in consultation with the writer.

Simultaneous submissions are allowed provided so long as you let us know immediately if your story has been placed elsewhere, to remove it from consideration by Margaret River Press. Entry fees will not be refunded for stories withdrawn.

Eligibility: Staff of Margaret River Press and Edith Cowan University are not eligible to enter.

Announcement of winners: Due to the large number of entries only shortlisted writers and winners will be informed.



The longlist will be completed by the end of November 2018. The shortlist and winners will be selected and informed by the end of January 2019. The collection will be released on 1 June 2019.



Each submission must be accompanied by a TYPED entry form.

Fees must be paid by direct deposit.

All entries to be emailed to


Annual Margaret River Short Story Competition Guidelines 2019

Download Entry Form

NOTE: once you download the forms, they can be found in your ‘Downloads’ folder.

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