Short-Listed Announcements for Sydney Hammond Short Story Competition

Drumroll, listed in alphabetical order, CONGRATULATIONS to the following for writing our top ten stories in the 2020 Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Competition:

The Short-List for the Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Competition

  • Child: Goddess: Sister – Claire Hampson
  • Courage – Edita Mujkic
  • Five Minutes – Jack Garrety
  • Inside & Outside – Paul Traynor
  • Is It A Wonderful Life – Eric Blair
  • My Dad Is My Hero – Michaela Hatfield
  • Seven to Six – James Voyce
  • Silence – Illija Sekulovski
  • The Harmonica – Pinchas Birnbaum
  • Witless Wings – Francesco Moramarco

Junior Winner

CONGRATULATIONS also to 10-year-old David Lin who judges chose as the best Under 18 entrant. His story, Little Leaf, displays impressive writing and theming and will be included in the anthology as the 41st story published. Whilst the Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Competition 2020 didn’t have a ‘Junior’ category, we received a number of entrants when a school principal encouraged his students, so we decided to also publish the best Junior Story. Interestingly, judges were not aware of entrants ages in the first sweep to choose the top 40, and Little Leaf made it into the Top 40 in the open category in its own right!

Winner’s Announcement Next Week

Please note the short-list above is placed in alphabetical order. The winner, runner’s up, third place, and highly commended fourth place will be announced next week. The winner receives $250 worth of author coaching or editing with Hawkeye, and the design of Reset’s cover will be inspired by their winning story.

The Anthology

All winners will be published in the book titled Reset – Terrific Tales Sparked by ‘If Only‘. Available 2021 for $25AUD. We’ll publish in our newsletter when it’s available for pre-order.

Thank you to Simone Busch for the phrase ‘Terrific Tales’. We love it when you all get involved!

Everyone published in the anthology will receive a free copy when available. 

Next Year’s Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Competition

If you would like to enter for next year’s short story competition the theme is Courage. The website will be updated with the 2021 competition details soon. It’ll be the same closing date, same word length. We are considering officially adding a Junior Category.

Want to see the Long-List?

Click here for the full Long List for the 2020 Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Competition.

Carolyn Martinez

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