About the competition

For our second short story competition, we asked for great stories that link to a theme of ‘soul’. 

Open to all Australian writers, with a national prize pf $1,000 and a local Mansfield Shire prize of $500.

Winning stories and longlisted entries are published in our short story anthology, launching on Friday 9 February.

Longlisted entries will be announced on Friday 24 November.

Have questions?

Email us at mansfieldreadersandwriters@gmail.com

book cover with Soul title

Please join us at the launch on 9 February!

Important dates:

  • 31 July 2023 – entries open at 9:00 am
  • Sunday 29 October 2023 – entries close at midnight.
  • Friday 24 November 2023 – long list announcement
  • Friday 22 December 2023 – short list announcement
  • Saturday 27 January 2024 – cover reveal
  • Thursday 8 February 2024 – Winner announcement
  • Friday 9 February 2024 – anthology launch

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Short story short list

We’ve announced the short list for the 2023 short story competition

Short story long list

We’ve announced the long list for the 2023 short story competition

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