LGBTIQ authors are encouraged to put pen to paper and submit their short stories to this year’s OutStanding LGBTIQ Short Story Competition.
Applications are now open to professional and amateur writers alike from across Australia and New Zealand to write stories no more than 750 words for the competition.
“Entries have to relate to the LGBTIQ community in some way. It also has to relate to the theme in some way, which this year is ‘The Next Big Thing,'” organiser Teresa Savage said.
“Every year we try to choose a theme that we think will stimulate interesting writing that explores our experiences and gives scope to express our creativity.
“The competition is free to enter, and that’s something that’s very important to us, so creative people who may not have much money can join in with us.”
The competition aims to increase the visibility of LGBTIQ writers and provide a dedicated space for the expression of LGBTIQ experiences and history.
“I think it’s really important that we have environments where LGBTIQ people are free to express their experiences, our lessons learned, and the descriptions of the ways in which we live and love differently to the mainstream,” Ms Savage said.
“And for people who may be isolated, reading stories of our experiences is very important.”
The competition offers a first prize of $1000 with a second prize, third prize and three highly commended entries receiving a combination of cash and literary prizes.
Two youth prizes will also be awarded to two entrants under the age of 25.
Entries to the competition close at midnight on Saturday, September 1 and the winners will be announced at a ceremony in Sydney on September 30.
For more information, visit the competition’s website here.