2019 Sheila Malady Short Story Competition

Entries are now open for the 2019 Shakespearean inspired short story competition. Now in its sixth year, it is an opportunity for writers from all over to be a part of Stratford’s annual Shakespeare on the River Festival. In keeping with the 2019 festival theme Shakesfeare, we want your very own short tales of terror.  The Bard himself used ghosts, witches, monsters and tyrannical kings to both scare and entertain his audiences - now it is your turn. Whether it be frightfully funny or seriously spooky, send us your best original work of less than 2000 words.

There are prizes across three categories. First prize includes $300 cash, two tickets to a performance of the community play, The Taming of the Shrew and a beautiful wooden quill crafted by local artist Gavin Roberts. The local prize for a writer residing in Gippsland includes a Collins Book voucher plus two tickets to the community play. The final category is for a young writer aged under 18 who will receive a book voucher, thanks to our local Sale Collins Booksellers.

Closing date for entries is Tuesday, March 26th , 2019 at 11.59pm AEDT. There is a five dollar entry fee. Winners will be announced at the opening night of the festival at The Stratford Courthouse Theatre on Friday 26th April. For full terms and conditions of the competition, and to check out our past winners,  please visit stratfordshakespeare.com.au

The Shakespeare On The River Festival is sponsored by The Wellington Shire Council through a Community Assistance Grant, the festival gratefully acknowledges this support.