The Olga Masters Short Story Award was established by Well Thumbed Books in Cobargo in 2014. With the continued support of the Masters family, the Award is now administered by South East Arts, in partnership with The South Coast Writers Centre and Island Magazine. The Award welcomes entries from writers of all ages resident in Australia. Short stories (2000 to 4000 words) on the theme of life in rural Australia.

Entries are open now until August 31 at midnight.

Who can enter?
We welcome entries from writers resident in Australia, of all ages.

What does it cost to enter a story?
Each entry must be accompanied by an entry fee of $25 (includes GST). Members of the South Coast Writers Centre are eligible for a discounted entry fee of $20.

How to enter
Register online through the Olga Masters Short Story Award page and pay the entry fee. Stories must be submitted online.

Entries should be text documents (MS Word, Open Office, TXT or RTF) or PDF. Format the text with 1.5 line spacing and in 12 pt Times Roman or similar. Include the story title in the file name. Please make sure that your file name does not contain any apostrophes or other symbols as your file will not upload (don’t worry if your story title contains apostrophes – we will be able to match it with your details later).

Entries must be a single story of 2000 to 4000 words, written in English, with the theme of life in rural Australia. Multiple entries are permitted. Each entry must be accompanied by a $25 (incl. GST) payment.

Main Prize is $1500 for first and $500 for runner-up. Supplementary prizes for all age groups may be offered at the discretion of the organisers.

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