Competitions

Name: The Four Seasons Project

Description: An exciting four part competition focusing on the four seasons – summer, autumn, winter and spring. Each ‘season’ will have its own competition (see dates below) and at the end of the contest an anthology will be produced featuring all prize winning and highly commended entries. Enter one or enter them all. It’s up to you!

Important dates: Part one – Summer – opens December 1st, 2021closes January 31st, 2022. Part two – Autumn – opens March 1st, 2022closes April 30th, 2022. Part three – Winter – opens June 1st, 2022closes July 31st, 2022. Part four – Spring – opens September 1st, 2022closes October 31st, 2022.

Details for part one of the competition – summer – are listed below. As the name suggests the theme of this competition is summer. That is the only guideline, the rest is up to you. As long as your story has a connection to the season of summer, it is eligible for entry. It can be autobiographical, based on fact or a work of pure fiction. All we are after is a story well told. Entertain us! We are hoping to announce the winning stories on February 7th, 2022.

Word limit for ‘Summer’: No more than 5000 words. Please note, this will be strictly applied. In fact, it would be fantastic if you could use less words! The 5000 words are there IF YOU NEED THEM, but the last thing we want are stories that have been padded out to meet the word limit. We honestly don’t mind if your story is only 500 words, as long as it is well told.

Entry fee: Entry to ‘Summer’ will be $10. Multiple entries are allowed but must be submitted separately and will also require a $10 fee. Members of our mailing list may submit multiple entries at the discounted rate of $5 per additional entry. Please note, all fees are listed in Australian dollars. While we are Australian based, we do welcome international entries as well. You can find the payment portal here.

Prize money for ‘Summer’: 1st prize – $200, 2nd prize – $100, 3rd prize – $50. All prize winning stories will be published in The Four Seasons Project anthology with the authors receiving a free copy of the ebook. Highly commended entries also selected for our publication will be paid at one cent per word (with minimum payment of $20), and again, the authors will receive a free copy. Estimated release date for the anthology will be late December, 2022. Please note, payments are listed in Australian dollars.

How to submit: Submission is via email to shortstories.unlimited@gmail.com

To make it as easy for us as possible, please follow these instructions –

Submit entry fee via payment portal

  1. Write ‘Summer Submissions’ in the subject line of your email
  2. In the body of the email please list your full name, the town/state/country you come from (complete address is not necessary), the name of your story, the number of words contained in your story, and a pen name if you don’t want to publish under your own name.
  3. Attach a separate file containing your story. IMPORTANT: The file name must contain your story’s name plus the date it was sent. For example – The Hottest Summer 23 Dec . As it is a blind reading process this will help us identify who wrote which story at the conclusion of the judging.
  4. An RTF, Word or Open Office file is preferred. We would also prefer your story to be double spaced, with 0.5cm paragraph indentation. As judging is done by a ‘blind’ reading process, your name or address should not appear anywhere in your story file.
  5. If you are submitting multiple entries repeat steps 1 to 3 for each submission. Each submission will cost an additional $10 ($5 for mailing list members).

Stories must be previously unpublished and be your own work. If your story is selected for inclusion in the end of competition anthology (eg. prize winners and highly commended entries) we ask that you do not submit your story to any other competition or publication until after our anthology has been released.

Winners will be announced on February 7th, 2022 and prize money distributed soon after. Please note, in competitions of this nature the judging is subjective. Missing out on a prize is not an indication that your writing is poor so do not be disheartened. Keep writing! If time permits we may send brief feedback.

The judge’s decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. If insufficient entries are received to run a viable competition, all entry fees will be refunded in full.

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