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The results of the Southern Cross Short Story Competition

The winning entries of the 2021 Southern Cross Short Story Competition were announced at the Ballarat Writers members’ night on 24 November.

The successful entries were selected by judge Julie Koh from a shortlist provided by a panel. Julie’s comments about the winners and entries are available to read here and the winning entry here.

Congratulations to the winners, and all those who made the shortlist!

Winner ($1000): ‘Wheeler’ by Benjamin Forbes

First runner-up ($400): ‘Epilogue’ by Rosemary Stride

Second runner-up ($100): ‘How To Leave Your Childhood Behind’ by Ros Thomas

Highly commendeds: ‘Dogs’ by Timothy Loveday; ‘The Cakemaker’ by David Campbell

Southern Cross Short Story Competition shortlist announced

Ballarat Writers is excited to announce the final shortlist for the Southern Cross Short Story Competition. These final 12 stories were chosen from an initial 215 entries, which is a magnificent achievement.

Judge Julie Koh is working hard to decide a winner from this strong bunch of stories. Winners will be announced at the Ballarat Writers’ November meeting on Wednesday the 24th. This is scheduled to be held at the Bunch of Grapes hotel in Pleasant Street, Ballarat, from 7.30pm.

Congratulations to the shortlisted writers, in no particular order:

Body Parts by Helga Jermy

How To Leave Your Childhood Behind by Ros Thomas

Millie Lorraine by Josephine Sarvaas

The Cakemaker by David Campbell

Dogs by Timothy Loveday

Orbit by Jake Dean

Listing by Ian Reid

Epilogue by Rosemary Stride

Be Your Own Hero by Vicky Daddo

Driving by Christine Kearney

Feeling Through The Blue by Taylor Mitchell

Wheeler by Benjamin Forbes

Southern Cross Short Story Competition longlist

The Southern Cross Short Story Competition, run by Ballarat Writers Inc., closed on September 30. Writers were asked to submit up to 3000 words on the theme Turning Away.

We had an impressive 215 entries for the competition! They came from every corner of the country and as far away as the UK and South Africa, with a huge diversity in the types of stories submitted. Competition readers were impressed by the depth of writing talent, so long-listing in a such a competitive contest is a credit to these writers.

Congratulations to the final 20 long-listed submissions. These will be short-listed and announced in the lead-up to our 24 November meeting at which the results will be declared. Judge Julie Koh will have the enviable task of selecting the winner. She will also be awarding prizes for second and third place, as well as two Highly Commended certificates.

The longlist is, in no particular order:

The Cakemaker by David Campbell
Dogs by Timothy Loveday
Be Your Own Hero by Vicky Daddo
Driving by Christine Kearney
Body Parts by Helga Jermy
Dreams of Police by Tobias Barnfield
Millie Lorraine by Josephine Sarvaas
Orbit by Jake Dean
Listing by Ian Reid
The Look of Love by Elizabeth Egan
The Hard Saying by Samuel Medley
Wheeler by Benjamin Forbes
The House Three Houses To The Left by Ivana Crol
How To Spot a Bruise On a Diamond by Paulette Smythe
Turning Away by Roland Renyi
Epilogue by Rosemary Stride
Feeling Through The Blue by Taylor Mitchell
How To Leave Your Childhood Behind by Ros Thomas
I Will Not Become You Brittney Crellin
Whole by Cynthia Fenton

Southern Cross Short Story Competition 2021

Ballarat Writers Inc. (BWI) invites writers to enter the 2021 Southern Cross Short Story Competition.

Opening date:            1 August, 2021

Closing date:              30 September, 2021

Short stories to 3000 words on the theme, TURNING AWAY.

First prize –                $1000 AUD

Second Prize –          $400 AUD

Third Prize –              $100 AUD

Two Highly Commended certificates will also be awarded.

To be announced November 2021

Entry Fee to be paid online at:

Ballarat Writers Inc is a non-profit organisation, Incorporation No. A001874SK


Julie is the author of two short-story collections. Her full-length collection Portable Curiosities was shortlisted for numerous awards, including the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction 2016 and the Queensland Literary Awards – Australian Short Story Collection – Steele Rudd Award 2016. Portable Curiosities was one of The Guardian’s Best Australian Books of 2016.

Julie’s short stories have appeared in many publications, including The Best Australian Stories in 2014 to 2017, Best Australian Comedy Writing, The Sleepers Almanac 7 to X, The Canary Press, Liminal, Meanjin and The Lifted Brow. 

She judged the 2017 Monash Undergraduate Prize for Creative Writing, Writing NSW’s Varuna Fellowships 2017, the Sweatshop Youth Week Writing Competition 2018, the 2018 Stella Prize, the 2018 Woollahra Digital Literary Award – Flash and Short Fiction, and the 2019 Liminal Fiction Prize.

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The winning stories will be announced at an award presentation in Ballarat in November 2021. The full results and judge’s report will be published on the Ballarat Writers Inc website in December 2021.


  1. Competition is open to anyone over the age of 18 years as of 1 August, 2021
  2. Entries must be NOT MORE THAN 3000 words including the title
  3. All entries must have a title
  4. Entries must be the original work of the applicant
  5. Entries must not have been published anywhere, broadcast, or won a prize in any competition
  6. Entry fee for non-BWI members is AUD$20 per story/entry
  7. Entry fee for BWI members is AUD$15 per story/entry
  8. Entrants may submit up to three entries, each at the specified entry fee
  9. The entry fee is payable online by credit card before midnight on the closing date 30 September 2021 – refer to submission instructions below
  10. Entries must be emailed to the email address below, before midnight on the closing date 30 September 2021 – refer to submission instructions below
  11. All entries to be in English, double-spaced and using the standard 12 point font ‘Times New Roman
  12. Entrant’s name must not appear on/in the story
  13. Fees will not be refunded
  14. No corrections will be accepted, or correspondence entered into
  15. Results will be announced on the website: in December 2021
  16. Copyright remains with the author
  17. The judge’s decision is final
  18. Neither the BW Competitions Co-ordinator nor any person involved in pre-reading or judging of entries may enter.

N.B. By submitting an entry, or entries, to this competition, you give permission for your work to be published in part or in full on the Ballarat Writers Inc website, and/or in any Ballarat Writers Inc publications, and you further agree and declare that the work submitted is your own original work and has not been copied in part or in full from any other source.


The 2021 submission process has two parts:

  1. PAY the entry fee online by credit card through Trybooking. A booking fee of 50 cents applies to each entry. See below for the payment website.
  2. EMAIL your story to the email address below ( Save your story as a PDF file, and attach it to your email. In the subject title of your email, put ‘Southern Cross Competition 2021’. In the body of the email, include your full name and address, the title of the story and the word count. The email address by which you submit your entry will be the email address we use to contact you if necessary.

Both parts above must have been completed before midnight on the closing date 30 September, 2021.

Failure to follow/abide by any of the stated rules may make your entry, or entries, ineligible.

PAY fee online at:
EMAIL  story to:


Competition website:

Pamela Miller Award winner announced

The winner of the 2021 Pamela Miller Award was announced at the June Members’ Night on 30 June.

Richenda Rudman was judged the winner with ‘Returning the Sharps’. Richenda won $100, an engraved glass and a certificate. Congratulations!

Eight entries were received for the contest, for BW members only. Judges were members of the Ballarat Writers committee: Rebecca Fletcher, Kirstyn McDermott, Laura Wilson, Nicole Kelly, Megan Riedl and Jason Nahrung.

Entries had to be fictional prose entries of up to 500 words on the theme A New Start.

Pamela Miller Prize to open

It’s time for our first Ballarat Writers competition for 2021 … and this one is open only to members of Ballarat Writers!

The Pamela Miller Prize was first run in 2015, in memory of Pamela Miller, who was a very active and productive member of Ballarat Writers. She was a writer of short stories and poetry, and won the Murder at MADE short story competition in 2014. Early in 2015, Pamela wrote a very popular poem called ‘Bronze Heads—The Prime Ministers’ Walk’ as part of a Ballarat Writers project run during the Begonia Festival.

The winner of the Pamela Miller Prize will receive a certificate and $100 first prize, as well as publication in the Ballarat Writers newsletter. The winner will be announced at the Ballarat Writers June Members’ Night. 

Entries open: Saturday 1 May
Entries close: Tuesday 1 June

Ballarat Writers is accepting fictionalprose entries of up to 500 words on the theme A New Start. Entry is free.
All entries must be:

  • Original and unpublished
  • Written by a current member of Ballarat Writers
  • Engage with the theme A New Start, and be less than 500 words in length
  • Sent to with the subject line, ‘2021 Pamela Miller Prize Entry’

As the competition will be a blind judging, please do not include your name or contact details on the entry.

Happy writing!

Prizewinners and picnickers

It’s an action-packed week as we bid farewell to 2020, with prize announcements on Wednesday and a picnic on Sunday!

Our last monthly members’ meeting for the year is on Wednesday November 25, at which the winners of the Martha Richardson Memorial Poetry Prize (judged by Terry Jaensch) and the Pamela Miller Prize will be announced, as well as affording members a chance to catch up. The meeting will be held online using Zoom. It will start slightly later than usual, at 7.30pm. We look forward to returning to in-person meetings in the new year!

Details for joining the meeting have been sent in the members’ newsletter. Please get in touch if you’ve missed it or need help accessing Zoom.

Then, on Sunday, the easing of COVID restrictions means we can go ahead with our end-of-year picnic! Please join us at South Gardens, Ballarat Botanic Gardens, on Wendouree Parade, from 2pm on Sunday 29 November. BYO snacks, chairs and rugs as we exercise COVID-safe distancing to finally catch up in the flesh, reflect on 2020 and look forward to a more social and active 2021. 

Bonus: We will have a signed copy of Lament, by Beaufort’s Nicole Kelly, to give away to one lucky picnicker!

Martha Richardson Memorial Poetry Prize 2020 is now open

Ballarat Writers is now accepting entries into the Martha Richardson Memorial Poetry Prize, to be judged this year by Terry Jaensch.

The competition has an open theme and accepts poetry to 40 lines.

It closes on 11 October 2020

Entry Fee: $25 first poem

$20 first poem for members of Ballarat Writers

$15 for second or subsequent poems

Prizes: First $1,000; Second $400; Third $100

Finalists and winner will be announced in November 2020.

Please see the competition website for details on how to enter.

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