AlburyCity Short Story Award

AlburyCity Short Story Award


Margaret Hickey



Word limit


Entry fee


Prize amount

First prize $1,000; 2nd prize $200 book voucher; 3rd prize $100 book voucher

Closing date

Monday 25 July, midnight

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Writers from across Australia are invited to enter the AlburyCity Short Story Award. There is no set theme. Just submit your most inspired writing!

Our short story judge, Margaret Hickey, will announce the award winners at the start of the Write Around the Murray Festival on Wednesday 14 September, 6pm. The announcement will premiere on our YouTube channel. No matter where you live, you’ll be able to tune in as Margaret reflects on the stories that captured her and our judges' attention.

Short-listed stories will be listed on this page at least one week prior to the awards announcement. All entrants will be notified.

Please read the conditions of entry before submitting your story.

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