Gayle Beveridge is a past winner of the Boroondara Literary Awards and her work has appeared in Award Winning Australian Writing. Gayle is passionate about family, writing, photography, and with Victorias beautiful Bass Coast which she now calls home.
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If you like to write and you like to win and at the same time make a contribution to a cause bigger than yourself, then the Green Stories free writing competitions are for you. And by 'you' I mean any of you, with separate competitions for adults and under 18's, for short stories and novels, with no regional restrictions they have everybody covered.
Green Stories says of their organisation, "Our mission is to create a cultural body of work that entertains and informs about green solutions, inspires green behaviour and raises awareness of the necessary transformations towards a sustainable economy." (1)
Now before you shy away from this, you don't have to be an expert on sustainable living; the criteria are broad. Your story does not have to have as its primary theme sustainability, green solutions or climate change, although it can if you want. Because this is all about creating a culture towards sustainability, which by its very nature will be interwoven with our daily lives, it is enough that it be interwoven in your story. One of the examples given in the guidelines is "a family drama could be set in a society where people have gardens on their roofs." (2) Click here to check out all the examples given in point 2 of the competition guidelines and click here for constructive tips about writing for a cause.
So, you have an idea screaming to be let onto the page and you can't wait to get started, well you're in luck, three competitions are running right now; an adult novel prize, an adult short story prize and an under 18's short story prize.
These competitions have a notable difference to most others. To ensure you are aware of the criteria and understand how to weave the sustainability message into your work, it is a requirement of eligibility that you have read at least one chapter of a successful Green Stories novel and that you can answer a short survey to prove this. For this year's competitions, the book is Habitat Man. A link to Habitat Man and a full explanation of this requirement is provided on the 'Entry Fee and Submission Criteria' section on each competition page on the website.
Orna Ross Green Stories Novel Prize Dec 2021 Deadline: 30th December 2021 Word Count: as a guide 70,000 to 95,000 words with submitted chapters between 4,000 and 10,000 words in total. For novels either completed or at least 50% complete. Eligibility: Adults of 18 years and older of any nationality writing in English. Works must be unpublished. Prize Money: First £1,000 and Runner up £500 (Approximately $1,800 and $900) Additional prizes in the form of assistance to succeed are available. Click here for competition criteria and rules which are a must-read.
Adult Short Story Competition Deadline: 21st February 2022 Word Count: 2,000 to 5,000 words with a synopsis of between 300 and 800 words. Eligibility: Adults of 18 years and older of any nationality writing in English. Works must be unpublished. Prize Money: £200 (Approximately $350) Click here for competition criteria and rules which are a must read.
Short Story Competition for the Under 18's Deadline: 3rd March 2022 Word Count: 2,000 to 5,000 words with a synopsis of between 300 and 800 words. Eligibility: 11- to 18-year-olds of any nationality writing in English. Works must be unpublished. Prize Money: £200 (Approximately $350) Click here for competition criteria and rules which are a must read.
There is a wealth of information and assistance on the Green Stories website. Click here for their Story Ideas and Resources page where you can check out suggestions across a wide range of sustainable concepts.
Click here to visit the Green Stories website for everything you need to know about the competitions and to read previous winning entries.