The Southern Cross Short Story Competition runs every second year, alternating with the Martha Richardson Memorial Poetry Prize.


The results are in! Results and the judge’s report can be found at this link


dreamstime_tree_smlSouthern Cross Short Story Competition 2017

Ballarat Writers Inc invites writers to enter the 2017 Southern Cross Literary Competition.

The competition asks for short stories to 3000 words, with an open theme.

First prize is 1,000 AUD, second prize $400, third prize $100.

The judge in 2017 is Maurilia Meehan. Maurilia  is an award winning Australian author. Her novels include Madame Bovary’s Haberdashery, The Bad Seed, Adultery, The Sea People and Fury.

The winning stories will be announced and read at an award presentation in Ballarat in November 2017.

Entries are open now and close October 16, 2017 at 11:59pm.

The entry fee is $20, or $17 for Ballarat Writers members.


Competition guidelines can be found here

Entry forms can be found here

Payment for entries can be made here


After payment, please submit entries to or via post to:
Southern Cross Short Story Competition 2017
PO Box 2738, Bakery Hill , Ballarat, Victoria 3354