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Short List

Home by Manasvi Mudgal

The Ticket Collector by Cory O’Neile

The Day After Harry Died by Maki Morita

True Freedom by Vallerie Xu

Snatcher by Nathan Boole (Winner!)

50 Shades Of Yellow by Maya Spore

Eddie The Smuggler by Ian Harrison

Talk The Talk by Lance Cross

The Debt by Vivek Rathi

The Department by Joey To

Genefreak by Alex Braude





Compose a piece of fiction that deals with the theme of ‘first days’

It could be the first day on the job, or on a holiday (to Venus), or it could be the first day of a new start in life, or maybe just life itself.


Lately we’ve been getting LOTS of submissions. In an effort to make curating the list easier, we are looking for stories that are active, include dialogue and characterisation. 

Stream of conciousness, internal monologues and walls of description are not ideal.



Announced: 28 August 2013

Submission Date: 9 September 2013

Short List: 10 September – 18 September  2013

Winner Announced: 19 September 2013

Word Count: 500- 900

Prizes: $100 (AUD or equivalent)

Eligibility: Open to everyone