The Carmel Bird Award

Winner announced!

THE CARMEL BIRD

SHORT FICTION AWARD 2013

The winner of this year’s Carmel Bird Short Fiction Award is:

                            Alex Cothren for his story, ‘A Cure’

Congratulations to Alex who wins a cash prize of $500. Congratulations, too, to all shortlisted authors whose stories will appear in The Great Unknown edited by Angela Meyer.

The Great Unknown, featuring 19 Twilight Zone-inspired stories from Australian writers is due for release in December, 2013. Ask for a copy in your local bookstore or buy it from our online store.The Great Unknown frt

We will be featuring interviews with the contributors to The Great Unknown on our blog, ‘The Column’, in coming weeks. Don’t miss out – sign up for the RSS feed on the Spineless Wonders homepage.

Shortlist

We are pleased to announce the following six finalists (in alpha order):

A Cure – Alex Cothren

Bluey & Myrtle – Mark O’Flynn

Navigating – Helen Richardson

A Void – Guy Salvidge

The Koala Motel – Rhys Tate

Significance – Susan Yardley

One of the writers on this shortlist will take the cash prize of $500 and all six stories will be published in The Great Unknown edited by Angela Meyer.

Congratulations to all our finalists and thanks to everyone who entered this year’s competition. Our winner will be announced shortly.

Longlist

Judging for this year’s Carmel Bird Award is now complete. We were gratified by the volume of entries and would like to thank all of those who took part in this year’s Twilight Zone-themed competition. Our judge, Angela Meyer, said she enjoyed the task of reading all of the entries very much and found they were imaginative, meaningful, often funny and some—very spooky.

All submissions to the competition were blind judged and the authors of the longlisted stories are only now being revealed. Congratulations all!

Quantum Palette – Kyah Horrocks

The Bonsai Treehouse – Karen Manton

Hood – Alice Godwin

A Hunting We Will Go – Alice Godwin

The Downsizers – Helen Richardson

A Cure – Alex Cothren

Husk – Alisdair Daws

The Koala Motel – Rhys Tate

The Confession – David McLaren

Idiot – Jason Butterfield

The Eighth Gate – Chris Coughran

Bluey & Myrtle – Mark O’Flynn

Significance – Susan Yardley

Graffiti – Mary Jones

Forest Muse – Lainie Jones

She’ll be Right – Donna Hanson

The Night in the Castle – David Stevens

What You Wish For – Emilie Collyer

How to Disappear Incompletely – Lynette Washington

Wonderland – Mary Manning

The Late Shift – Pamela Farley

The Doll’s House – Vicky Daddo

To Die For – Cassandra Atherton

The New Arrivals – Warwick Sprawson

Twilight UFO – Phillip Siggins

Navigating – Helen Richardson

Zoom – Richard Holt

On Shorter Street – Richard Holt

Insights – Jamie Buchanan

A Void – Guy Salvidge

Stay tuned. The shortlisted stories will be revealed soon.The Great Unknown frt

The winning story will net $500 prize money.

The winning story, along with those on the shortlist, will be offered a place in the forthcoming publication, The Great Unknown, along with Krissy Kneen, Ali Alizadeh, PM Newton, Kathy Charles, Damon Young, Paddy O’Reilly, Chris Flynn, AS Patric, Ryan O’Neill, Carmel Bird, Deborah Biancotti, Marion Halligan, Chris Somerville.

The Great Unknown, edited by Angela Meyer, is due for release in December, 2013.

 

 

 

Announcing!

 THE CARMEL BIRD

SHORT FICTION AWARD 2013

Judged by Angela Meyer

First prize: $500

Length: 4000 words max.

Winning and shortlisted stories will be published in the Spineless Wonders annual anthology along with stories by invited authors.

Closing date: 31 July 2013

What are we looking for?

A woman driving across country sees the same hitchhiker again and again; another woman takes an elevator to a strange, deserted floor of a department building to be sold a busted thimble by a mannequin; the people on a quiet street begin to accuse each other of being aliens after the electricity goes off… these are some of the (trademarked) adventures in the realm of The Twilight Zone.

Watching and being spooked by these stories is a child in a lounge room at the bottom of the world. The settings are familiar, but also slightly strange. The child is used to these accents (except perhaps the way the presenter, Rod Serling, says Zyone) but it is not the way she speaks. She has heard that the water in her toilet even goes in a different direction. She suspects that, on this side of the world, they may be closer to the Zone than anyone suspects.

The ‘fifth dimension’ of The Twilight Zone, Rod Serling often said, was also the realm of imagination. And as anyone blessed/cursed with a good imagination may know, fear of the unknown or the inexplicable may not only keep you awake at night, but may compel you to write. Serling, and other writers on the show, developed frightening scenarios, and often with more than entertainment in mind. Episodes of The Twilight Zone are often metaphors for equality, justice, the nuclear threat and more. Though they are just as often pure, spooky fun.

You are being invited into the zone. You are invited to be inspired by it, by its mood, themes, characters, settings, symbols, liberal ideas, strangeness and openness; but you should also ponder the zone in relation to your own particular context. This competition invites zone-style, or zone-inspired stories from the bottom of the world. The ensuing collection will acknowledge the undeniable cultural influence of memorable American programs like TZ on our lives ‘down under’, but it will also engage with the way we appropriate the messages within them in our own context, and our own lives (and in regards to our own ‘uneasiness’). Your story can be set in any era, and any place (though our rich and varied landscape could provide so many great potential zones).

First prize will be $500, and all stories will be considered for publication in the Spineless Wonders short story anthology.

Angela Meyer

Meet our judge

Angela Meyer is a Melbourne-based writer and reviewer. Her fiction has been published in Seizure, Wet Ink, The Lifted Brow and others. She has written on books for many publications including The Big Issue, The Australian, and Crikey; and has interviewed authors at festivals across Australia and overseas. A chapbook of her flash fiction will be published by Inkerman & Blunt in 2014. Check out Angela’s Literary Minded website here.

Angela leans towards stories where the world becomes, or has always been, strange or absurd (though often beautifully so) to exasperated characters, as in the stories of Franz Kafka and sometimes Janet Frame; in shows like The Twilight Zone, The Rad Bradbury Theatre and even The Simpsons; or (an early influence) a film like Ghostbusters.

Terms and Conditions of Entry

1.    Maximum length 4000 words.

2.    Entries must be typed using 1.5 line spacing and 12 pt font size. The pages must be numbered.

3.    Stories under consideration by another competition or publication or previously published or awarded, at a national level, will not be accepted.

4.    Entries will be judged anonymously. The author’s name must not appear on the manuscript.

5.    The judge’s decision will be final. No correspondence will be entered into.

6.    Entrants must be over 18 years of age.

7.    Entrants must be either Australian citizens (living anywhere), or permanent residents of Australia.

8.    Entry fee is $10.00. Multiple entries are acceptable.

9.    Entries can only be made electronically, via the Submissions Manager here http://spinelesswonders.submittable.com/submit/20065

10. The closing date is 31 July 2013. Entries will be accepted up until midnight. Late entries will not be accepted.

11. Results will be announced in October.

12. Spineless Wonders will publish shortlisted and winning stories in its annual anthology. All published stories, including the winner, may be edited.

To enter, go to Spineless Wonders Submissions Manager

Winner Announced!
THE CARMEL BIRD

SHORT FICTION AWARD 2012

The winner of the Women’s Long Story competition is Felicity Volk for her story Go, You Are Sent Forth ($500) and the two runners up are Joanna Atherfold Finn for Jesus Sandals and Anchovette and Marian Matta for Danny Boy ($50). Read what judge, Amanda Lohrey, had to say about these stories here.

The Finalists

We are pleased to announce the short-list of finalists for this competition. We would like to thank all of those who entered. The overall winner, runners-up and commended will be announced on International Women’s Day, 2013.

Finalist Short List (alphabetical) with excerpts from Amanda Lohrey’s Judge’s Report:

Joanna Atherfold Finn, ‘Jesus Sandals and Anchovette’
‘Very engaging-manifest talent here. The child’s voice is artfully natural …’

Joanna Atherfold Finn, ‘Something for a Rainy Day’
‘The tone is beautiful in its sustained wistfulness, as are the descriptive passages, especially in relation to water.’

Sue Goldstiver, ‘Empty Rooms’
‘If its narrative project is to convey the menace and paranoia of a subculture then it succeeds.’

Erin Gough, ‘Night Trip’
‘This writer has a natural talent for story-telling and for creating suspense.’

Marjorie Lewis-Jones, ‘Shooting Star’
‘This is beautifully written. I like the immediacy and the naturalness of the voice which led me to feel that I knew the main character.’

Marian Matta, ‘Danny Boy’
‘… well written and beautifully paced … a very strategic piece of storytelling that unwinds its skein with great care and subtlety.’

Belinda Rule, ‘The Road to Toodleton’
‘I like the ambitiousness of the form here, the way the writer sets up a parallel or counter-narrative in the form of the child’s consoling fantasy and friends.’

Felicity Volk, ‘Ite, missa est (Go, you are sent forth)’
‘It is well written in the sense that from the very beginning it has strong conviction of tone … the main character has a complex sensibility which is rendered on the page with seeming effortlessness.’

Congratulations, all, from SPINELESSWONDERS

Click here for a pdf of the short list and excerpts from Amanda Lohrey’s report.

Finalist Long List (alphabetical):

Sue Booker, ‘Beware of God’

Joanna Atherfold Finn, ‘Jesus Sandals and Anchovette’

Joanna Atherfold Finn, ‘Something for a Rainy Day’

Sue Goldstiver, ‘Empty Rooms’

Erin Gough, ‘Night Trip’

Ratnam Keese, ‘The Fence’

Marjorie Lewis-Jones, ‘Shooting Star’

Marian Matta, ‘Danny Boy’

Amanda O’Callaghan, ‘Memory Bones’

Belinda Rule, ‘The Road North from Toodleton’

Felicity Volk, ‘Ite, missa est (Go, you are sent forth)’

Felicity Volk, ‘Gefunden (Found)’

To view Finalists pdf, click here

Long Story Competition

Judged by Amanda Lohrey

First prize: $500

Open only to women writers. 4,000 – 10,000 words.

Winning and shortlisted entrants will be considered for inclusion in the SPINELESSWONDERSLong Shorts e-stories series.

Closing date: 31 August 2012

Further info at www.shortaustralianstories.com.au

Amanda Lohrey is the author of several novels, including the award-winning Camille’s Bread. Her first collection of stories, Reading Madame Bovary (Black Inc 2010) won both the Fiction and Australian Short Story Collection—Arts Queensland Steele Rudd Award in 2011. She discusses long stories and her collection, Reading Madame Bovary, herehttp://bit.ly/bJIqLQ

Terms and Conditions of Entry

1.    Entries must be from 4,000 – 10,000 words in length.

2.    Entries must be printed on one side only, using 1.5 line spacing and 12 pt font size. The pages of stories must be numbered and must include the story title (but not author name).

3.    Stories under consideration by another competition or publication or previously published or awarded, at a national level, will not be accepted.

4.    Entries will be judged anonymously. The author’s name must not appear on the manuscript.

5.    The judge’s decision will be final. No correspondence will be entered into.

6.    Entrants must be over 18 years of age.

7.    Entrants must be either Australian citizens (living anywhere), or permanent residents of Australia.

8.    Entry fee is $20.00. Multiple entries are acceptable. Payment can be made using Paypal via the Product page on our website, by cheque or money order made out to Spineless Wonders and mailed along with entries.

9.    Each individual entry must be accompanied by a Covering Letter providing name, address, phone and email contact details, story title and word count.

10.    Mail entries to:

Carmel Bird Long Story Competition
PO Box 220
STRAWBERRY HILLS
NSW 2012

11. Entries must be postmarked 31 August, 2012 or earlier. Late entries will not be accepted.

12. Shortlisted entries will be notified no later than February, 2013. Results will be announced via this website on International Women’s Day, Friday, 8 March, 2013.

13. The winning and shortlisted stories will be considered for publication in electronic form by SPINELESSWONDERS as part of its upcoming Long Shorts series. Proceeds of the e-story series sales will go directly to authors, excluding a minimal percentage to cover administration costs. Further details regarding issues such as copyright, distribution etc are included in the publisher-author contractual agreement.

 

 

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