As part of the 2023 Australian Short Story Festival, we are launching an anthology of short stories in collaboration with MidnightSun Publishing that embody the festival’s purpose: a celebration of the creative possibilities of short fiction in Australia. As such, we are currently seeking submissions from both established and emerging writers to be published in the anthology and launched at the festival in Adelaide, South Australia in November 2023.
What we’re looking for:
We are seeking previoulsy unpublished stories that write to the theme of ‘strange.’ We’re talking about the stories in your repertoire that are hard to sum up, or that can’t be easily labelled by genre or tropes. Maybe the strangeness is in the content or the characters, or maybe it’s in the way you tell it—either way, we’d love to see it! Broad interpretations of the theme are not only welcome but encouraged. Above all, we want stories that are fresh, contemporary, and highly unique.
All selected contributors will be paid for their work.
Submission deadline: Stories should be submitted by 5pm on December 16th. Any story submitted after this time will not be considered. You will be notified of the outcome of your submission on January 16th
All stories must be
Stories must be
between 500 and 4,000 words
Submissions limited to
one per person
Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please notify us (firstname.lastname@example.org) if your story has been accepted elsewhere, or is the recipient of any prizes.
submissions will be anonymous
, so please remove any identifying details in your document and file name.
Stories should be submitted electronically in
WORD or PDF
format, with all pages numbered. Include the title of your story in the footer of the document. Please use a standard serif font, 12 point, and 1.5 spacing. Label your files with the title of your story.
Cover letter – let us know a little about who you are, if you are an established writer or emerging, and if your story is currently under consideration with another journal, prize, or anthology.
The Production of this anthology is generously supported by the Australian Government and the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) fund.
Please direct any submission enquiries to email@example.com