The Hope Prize competition guidelines

Brotherhood of St Laurence Short Story Competition

Closing date: 31 January 2018


  • Entries must be the original work of the applicant.

  • Entries must not have been published, broadcast, or won a monetary prize in any competition.

  • There is no limit to the number of entries you may submit but each entry must be accompanied by a completed entry form.

  • Proof of age is required for those eligible for the award for an emerging writer under 18.

  • To be considered for the Women’s Writing Career Development Scholarships, eligible authors must mark where indicated on the entry form and provide a short statement up to 100 words long on how winning a scholarship will help them further develop their writing skills. Scholarship winners will be chosen taking into account both the literary merit of their short story and their personal circumstances. In making the selection, we will look at the short statement submitted, in which entrants are encouraged to make relevant disclosures, such as barriers they face in pursuing their writing. Telephone interviews may be held to determine the winners of the scholarships.

  • All entries must be in English, double spaced, using standard 12 point font such as Times New Roman and pages must be numbered. Print on A4 paper on one side only and please do not staple.

  • Applicant's name must not appear on the story.

  • Entries must be no longer than 5000 words and a minimum of 2000 words.

  • Authors must be residents of Australia.

  • No corrections will be accepted or correspondence entered into.

  • The judges' decision is final.

  • The author retains copyright but the Brotherhood of St Laurence and its partner, Simon and Schuster, reserve the right to publish the successful entries.

  • The Brotherhood of St Laurence reserves the right not to make the award.

How to enter

Entries must be submitted in both of the following two formats:

  • electronically by email to shortstory(at)bsl.org.au (if you are copying and pasting this email address, please copy as shortstory@bsl.org.au
  • by hard copy, posted to, Brotherhood of St Laurence, Short Story Competition, 67 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065. 

You must include the competition entry form – download an entry form.

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