The theme of the 2019 Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize is ‘All lit up’.

Our aim is to bring marginalised issues into the spotlight. Think taboo, grey areas, topics only ever spoken about in hushed voices. It’s about time we looked at these subjects in the light of day, don’t you think?

Submit a story of up to 2,500 words for the chance to win $1,000 and publication in Mascara Literary Review. Submissions open August 1, 2019 and close October 1, 2019.

The winning and highly commended stories will be announced at the Festival launch on Friday, November 22, 2019.

The full submission guidelines and judging panel will be announced closer to the competition opening. For updates, subscribe to our email newsletter or follow us on social media.