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2016 City of Rockingham Short Fiction Awards

2016 City of Rockingham Short Fiction Awards

The 2016 City of Rockingham Short Fiction Awards is now open for entries. With free entry and more than $3,000 available in prizes across three categories, the City of Rockingham Short Fiction Awards has attracted international attention since it first began in 2011, and each year, entries are received from as far away as New Zealand, the USA, Canada and South Africa. Previous winners have been reprinted in the annual “Award-Winning Australian Writing” anthologies.
“One of Council’s strategic objectives is to provide capacity building and wellbeing activities for our residents and the Short Fiction Awards is a perfect example of this.


Any work of short fiction


City of Rockingham



1st prize: $600
2nd prize: $300
3rd prize: $200
2 commendations of $50

Over 50s

1st prize: $600
2nd prize: $300
3rd prize: $200
2 commendations of $50

Young Writers (10 to 17)

1st prize: $400
2nd prize: $250
3rd prize: $100


12 August 2016


  • Authors can submit up to three entries between 1000 and 4000 words in length inspired by, drawn upon, or using the theme of the artwork “Mixed Media Study” by Drewfus Gates (1993), which is displayed on the front page of the entry form. Entries close 12 August 2016.
    Submissions can range in length from 1000 to 4000 words and there are some great prizes.”
  • To download an entry form, visit the City’s Writing and Literature Page
  • Authors can submit up to three stories. Entered stories must be inspired by, drawn upon, or use the theme of the artwork “Mixed Media Study” by Drewfus Gates (1993), which can be found on this webpage and on the entry form.
  • Individual stories cannot be entered in more than one category, and must be original, unpublished, not have received an award in another competition, and not be under consideration elsewhere from the time of entry in awards until the official announcement of winners.
  • To ensure anonymity, please do not put names or contact details on the manuscript. Entries are read ‘blind’ by the judge, and all entries must be accompanied by a completed and signed Entry Form.
  • All manuscripts will be destroyed after the competition, so please do not send original copies. Results will be posted on the City’s website and Facebook page after the conclusion of judging.
  • Entries must be type-written, double-spaced on one side only of A4-size white paper, with pages numbered, a wide left-hand margin, and story title on each page. Post in an A4 envelope to:
    City of Rockingham Short Fiction Awards,
    Community Development Officer, Arts and Culture
    City of Rockingham,
    PO Box 2142, Rockingham DC WA 6967
  • Or email as an rtf attachment to with “2016 Short Fiction Awards: [STORY TITLE] by [YOUR NAME]” as the subject line.
  • Entry is Free, and winners will be notified by phone or mail prior to the official announcement. The judge’s decisions are final, and no correspondence will be entered into. Any attempt to lobby judges or City of Rockingham employees, or influence decisions, may result in disqualification.


For further queries, please contact the Community Development Officer (Arts & Culture) on 9528 0333 or


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