Now in its fourth year, this award is for prose works including short fiction collections, novellas as well as any hybrid prose forms up to 30,000 words in length. The writing may take the form of fiction or creative non-fiction. Collections of poetry will not be considered. The submission may be comprised of short stories, micro-fiction or novella. Submissions may also include reflective essays on the stories in the collection. Entries with audio-visual content, hyperlinks as well as text are encouraged.

The award includes cash prize amounts of $3000 for the winner and $1000 for two runners-up as well as world-wide digital publication of all three winning entries as part of our Capsule Collections series. Winning entries will also be considered for production as audiobooks or audio-dramas.


The judge for the 2021 Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award is Roanna Gonsalves who says this about the role: I am honoured and delighted to be judging The Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award 2021. I’d love to read work that is fresh and engaging, prose that is in vital conversation with our world.

Roanna Gonsalves is the award-winning author of The Permanent Resident published in India and South Asia as Sunita De Souza Goes To Sydney. Her writing has been compared to the work of Alice Munro and Jhumpa Lahiri. Her four-part radio series On the tip of a billion tongues, commissioned and broadcast by ABC RN’s Earshot program, is a portrayal of contemporary India through its multilingual writers. Roanna is a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award and The Bridge Awards’ inaugural Varuna – Cove Park Writing Residency in Scotland. Roanna serves on the Board of Writing NSW and works as a Lecturer in Creative Writing at UNSW. For more information see


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Spineless Wonders wishes to thank the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund for its support of this project.