The OutStanding LGBTIQ Short Story Competition

Australia’s premier literary competition for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer community has just launched its 2017 competition.

The OutStanding LGBTIQ Short Story Competition encourages writers to produce a 750 word story with this year’s theme of It’s Complicated.  Stories must have some relevance to the broader LGBTIQ community.

Supported by the Aurora Group and IVF Australia, with the Independent Member for Sydney, Alex Greenwich as its patron, the competition has been going from strength to strength in recent years.

The competition offers a first prize of $1000 with second, third and three highly commended receiving a combination of cash and literary prizes. This year for the very first time there is a youth prize being offered of $500 for writers 25 and under.

All winning stories are published in the Star Observer and on the OutStanding website.  The latest initiative has been to offer recordings of winning stories.

The competition aims to provide a safe and supportive environment for both emerging and established writers to share stories. The annual competition is increasing the visibility of LGBTIQ writers in wider literary circles, and more broadly enabling LGBTIQ people to take their rightful place in the wider society.  And above all, the competition provides a space for the expression of LGBTIQ values, experiences, history and hopes.

The closing date for entries is Friday 1 September.

The winners event, where winning writers get to read their stories, will be in Sydney at the beginning of October.

For detailed entry requirements visit the website.