Right Now is holding a short fiction and poetry competition! We encourage creative and striking compositions, and the entries must have some connection to human rights in Australia – whether those rights pertain to children, women, Indigenous people, asylum seekers, prisoners, the LGBT community, and so on.
The winning poem and the winning short story will be awarded $500 in prize money each and will be published in Right Now’s highly anticipated print anthology. All shortlisted pieces will be published on our website.
Writers may submit up to 3 pieces of work. Fiction should not be longer than 3000 words, and poetry should not be more than 50 lines. All submissions must be previously unpublished. All entires will be read anonymously.
Send your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org with either “fiction competition” or “poetry competition” in the subject line.
Feel free to email Erin (erin[at]rightnow.org.au) if you have further questions about the competition.
The competition closes at 5pm on Friday, 31 January 2014. Shortlists will be announced on 1 March 2014.
Our first Poetry and Fiction competition has drawn to a close. We received an overwhelming number of submissions and thank everyone who submitted their creative work. We would like to congratulate all shortlisted writers – their works are listed here in no particular order.
They Leave by Night, by Sharon Hammad
Number 631, by Robert Verdon
Hope Road, by Kathleen McLeod
The Long House, TM Collins
No Asians. Your desire, by Jake Dennis
The Single Father, by Tiggy Johnson
Another World, by Margaret Ruckert
Borderlands, by Hayley Elliott-Ryan
Wednesday is Cooking Day, by Laura McPhee-Browne
Short Story ideas about Violence, After Doris Lessing, by Sam Wilson
Anna Be Quick, by Jamie Derkenne
Akinyi Martha (full stop), by Filipa Bellette
Sediment, by Alice Bishop
After, by Christy Collins
Here are the Dogs, by Laura McPhee-Browne
Hard Rubbish, by Rose Hartley
All shortlisted pieces will be published on the website during the month of March. Be sure to check this page for links to read these incredible works.
Additionally, we will now announce the competition winners and runners up:
Poetry Winner: No Asians. Your desire, by Jake Dennis
Poetry Runner Up: Number 631 by Robert Verdon
Fiction Winner: Akinyi Martha, by Filipa Bellette
Fiction Runners Up: Hard Rubbish, by Rose Hartley; and
Short Story Ideas about Violence, After Doris Lessing, by Sam Wilson
We hope you can celebrate these creative pieces with us at the launch of the anthology, around 29 May 2014.