It’s time again for the Microlit Award jointly-sponsored by the Newcastle Writers Festival and Spineless Wonders.

Finalists in 2015 saw their work made into visual presentations. Very exciting! Check out my winning story under ‘videos’ here.

In 2016 finalists will be considered for publication in an anthology, and in another innovative multi-platform spectacular selected stories will be included in Spineless Wonders’ #storybombingNWF17 project.


Length: 200 word max.

Closing date: Aug 31

The 2016 joanne burns Microlit Award will compromise both national and local categories. The national category, open to Australian citizens living anywhere and to any person residing in Australia, will be judged by the award-winning writer, scholar and critic, Cassandra Atherton. The Newcastle category, open to Hunter residents, will be  judged by Joanna Atherfold Finn and winner of the 2016 Newcastle Writers Festival Microlit Competition, Karen Whitelaw.

Winners of both categories will receive cash prizes of $300.

We are looking for  writing which responds imaginatively to the theme of ‘landmarks’. Landmarks may be critical or celebratory, watershed moments or turning points in history and culture or in relationships. There are literal landmarks and marks on the land(scape). Interpret the theme as broadly as you wish, using any tone, from the serious to satirical, from whimsical to witty.

Microlit includes any form of short writing such as flash fiction, prose poem, dramatic monologue etc. Please note that we do not accept poems with line breaks for this competition.

Details are available here.

Good luck!

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4 Responses to THE NWF/JOANNE BURNS AWARD 2016

  1. Maree Gallop says:

    So pleased to see this competition back this year. I attended the Spineless Wonders session at the Newcastle Writers Festival 2016 and was fortunate enough to hear and see the stories that made the finals. I was impressed by the standard of writing and in awe of your winning story, Karen.

    • Thanks so much for your lovely comment, Maree. I hope you’ll put one of your wonderful stories in the Award this year. Spineless Wonders have some exciting things planned for the best of them.

  2. margaret jackson says:

    Thanks for the heads up Karen Like Maree I’m so impressed with your winning entry this year. I am planning to work on a story for the next one.

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