Short Story Competition Open for Entries

The Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Writing Competition

Forty Chances to be Published

There’s nothing like a Covid-19 forced isolation term to help flex your writing muscles! Time away from life’s routine creates space for creative ideas to emerge and for great stories that might have stalled, to be told. Fittingly, this year’s theme for the Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Competition is IF ONLY.

If you feel the call of your writing muse, or just plain boredom because all your sports and parties are cancelled, put pen to paper – some of those embryonic ideas might become fully formed stories that could yield a prize and publication in an anthology.

Hawkeye Books is hosting the Sydney Hammond Short Story competition 2020 for a second year following its highly successful inaugural year in 2019.

Hawkeye Books founder Carolyn Martinez’s mission is to support new and existing writers. In a generous move, Martinez has offered the winners, short and long-listed entries a free copy of the Anthology, 40 free copies in total. 

The inaugural competition received praise from an author panellist at Genrecon because she said it allowed many new and emerging writers to have the opportunity to get published. 

Martinez said she was so pleased to be able to offer writers the opportunity.

“Getting those first runs on the board can be hard. We hope the anthology inspires more writers to enter the 2020 competition and give their stories wings. You can’t discover your potential unless you test the water.”

Writing competitions play an important role because they help writers hone skills such as writing to a word count and deadline, and making every word count. 

The 2020 Sydney Hammond Short Story Competition is now open. First prize is a $250 Hawkeye Services Voucher which you could use for author coaching for example. And the Top 40 stories will be published in an anthology and all those published receive a free copy. Competition closes on 1st August 2020. 

For full entry guidelines to the Sydney Hammond Short story Competition click here.

Seeking Two Volunteer Judges:

Hawkeye Publishing’s two writing competitions – The Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Competition, and the Hawkeye Publishing Manuscript Development Prize are not-for-profit. Hawkeye runs them for the opportunities they provide emerging writers to be published, and award winning. We are seeking two lovers of words, sentences and stories who would like to join our dedicated team as volunteers to assist in promoting and judging our writing competitions. They’re annual competitions so the time commitment over a year is easily manageable. Things heat up the month after closing dates when judging takes place. Judging competition entries is a rare opportunity for first-hand insight into what differentiates winners from the remainder of the field. You’ll learn by working with industry professionals with decades of experience. Of course, volunteering with us precludes you from entering our competitions, but the experience you’ll gain will be invaluable. If interested, contact Carolyn Martinez through the contact form, indicating your level of writing experience and why you’re interested in volunteering to assist our competitions.

Silvana Nagl

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