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2021 Peter Cowan 600 Short Story Competition

THE RESULTS OF THE PC600SS Competition are now available HERE:

The Peter Cowan 600 Short Story Competition was launched by our Centre in 2010 in honour of our namesake Peter Cowan (1914–2002), one of Western Australia’s most esteemed writers and academics. It is fitting that the competition celebrates short story writing as Peter Cowan published several volumes of short fiction and is well known for writing in this genre. Peter was the recipient of several major writing awards, and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1987. He was named a Western Australian State Living Treasure in 1999. PCWC re-published eight of Peter Cowan’s stories in the Centre publication, Homecoming: Peter Cowan Writers Centre 20 Years. The book may be ordered HERE:

Entries Open: Tuesday, 2 March 2021 at 8:00 AM

Closing Date: Friday, 16 April 2021 at 11:59 PM (AWST)

Theme: Open

No of words: 600 words maximum per story

No. of entries:  The maximum number of entries is three/writer for the Open and Novice Awards, with a limit of one entry for Youth entrants.

Eligibility:

Writers who are Australian residents are invited to submit their unpublished prose entries in the Peter Cowan 600 Short Story Competition. Stories must not have been recognised in any other prose competitions, and must not have been published or be currently under consideration for publication or another award. Stories are considered published if they have appeared in print, on a website, online forum or personal blog.

Simultaneous Submissions Allowed: No, your story must not be under consideration elsewhere for publication or in another competition

Judge: the judge for the competition is not announced until entries have closed to ensure impartiality in the judging process

Categories/Awards:

This year we are offering three categories: Open, Novice and Youth

Open Prizes#: 1st prize – $200, 2nd prize – $100, 3rd prize – $50, plus 4 x Highly Commended and 4 x Commended certificates

Novice Prize#: $50 prize (for writers who have not won or been recognised in a competition before)

Julian Cowan Youth Award (12-18 yrs)#: $100 kindly sponsored by Ms Diana Cowan

# Amendment (2 March 2021): the winning stories will be published in the PCWC e-Magazine.

Entry Fees (no refunds given): 

Open/Novice: First entry – $10 + $0.76 Eventbrite* processing fee, Two entries – $18 + $$0.94* processing fee, Three entries: $25 + $1.09* processing fee

Youth:  $5 + $0.65* Eventbrite* processing fee (limit of one entry only)

*Eventbrite retains the processing fees

Eventbrite Payments

Please read all competition rules before making your payment. No refunds will be given. Please complete all required fields in Eventbrite (marked with a red *) when making your payment. Eventbrite accepts Credit/Debit cards from most major banks or you can pay via Paypal. You will receive a confirmation e-mail from Eventbrite if your payment has been successful.

Pay your entry fee/s on Eventbrite HEREDetailed instructions are provided below for writers unfamiliar with the payment platform.

  1. Once you are in Eventbrite, click on the green tickets tab on the right hand side of the screen.
  2. At the next screen, choose the tab you want to pay by clicking on the down arrow and changing the 0 to a 1. For example, one entry, or two entries, or three entries for the Open/Novice categories, or one entry for the Youth category. Then click on the RED checkout button at the bottom of the screen.
  3. At the next screen, complete all fields marked with a red *, for e.g. your first name and surname, e-mail address (twice), then click to choose whether you are paying by card or Paypal and enter the relevant card/Paypal details.  You will then need to enter your name and email address again, and click on the Place Order button down the bottom of the page.
  4. If you payment is successful, a message will flash up on the screen confirming your payment with your Order/Receipt No. Eventbrite will also send you an email to confirm your payment and this will contain your Order/Receipt No. for your competition entry form. PCWC also receive an email notification from Eventbrite regarding your payment.

Formatting your Story/Stories:

1. Make sure you DO NOT include your own/real name on your story/stories as it is a ‘blind’ judging.
2. Give each story a different PEN NAME (the pretend name you will use just for this story)
3. Use 12 point font (Arial, Times Roman, Helvetica)
4. Use double line spacing
5. Indent the first line of each paragraph
6. On the first page of your story, please include your PEN NAME, the story TITLE and the WORD COUNT.
7. Save your story as a Word document or pdf. Please save each story as a separate Word document or PDF.

Entry Forms:

Please see the downloadable entry form.  Complete the entry form with your real name and your contact details. Your pen name and the story title for each of your entries  goes into the entry form in the Story 1, Story 2, Story 3 fields of the form.

To download the Word document entry form as a Word.doc, please click  Entry form.doc, or to download as a Word.docx, please click Entry Form.docx

Submitting you entries:

  1. Pay your Eventbrite entry fees. Please complete all fields marked with an * when making your payment. Save the Order/Receipt No. You can pay your entry fee/s on Eventbrite HERE using a credit/debit card or Paypal. Eventbrite will send a confirmation e-mail to confirm successful payment.
  2. Complete the Entry Form including your Eventbrite Receipt No./Order No. and using a pen name for each story.
  3. E-mail your entry form and your story/stories (each story must be a separate Word document or PDF) to: PeterCowanWritersCentre@outlook.com with the Subject: PC600SS Competition
  4. Entries must be received by 11:59 pm on Friday, 16 April 2021 (AWST).

Queries:

If you have any problems completing your Eventbrite transaction, or have any queries, please contact the Centre at e: PeterCowanWritersCentre@outlook.com with the nature of your query.

Results: The results of the competition will be announced on our website. The Judge’s report will also be uploaded onto the website and sent to entrants in the competition.

We wish all entrants ‘Good Luck’!

PCWC 2020 Members Only Prose Competition

2020 PCWC members are invited to enter up to two stories (500 words max. per story) in our Members only prose competition.

Prizes:  Open: $100    Novice:  $50

Entry Conditions:

1. The story must be you own writing and unpublished (including on blogs and the internet).

2. The story must NOT have won a prize or been acknowledged in any other competition (i.e. awarded certificates or prizes).

3. If you have never won a prize or been awarded a certificate in a writing competition before, you are eligible to enter the Novice Prize. Remember to tick the Novice box on your entry form.

4. Only include your pen name on your story/ies along with the story title, as it is a blind judging. Do not include your real name on your stories.

5. Your real name, pen name and story title for your entry/ies must be entered onto the entry form.

6. Entry fees are NON -REFUNDABLE.

7. PCWC Committee members are ineligible to enter the competition.

Formatting your stories

1. Use double line spacing

2. Use a 12 pt font (Times Roman, Arial, Helvetica)

3. Indent the first line of each paragraph by 1 cm

4. DO NOT put your real name on your stories. Please use a pen name.

Entry Fees:

Entry 1: $10 *

Entry 2: $8*

* plus a small Eventbrite fee for entering.

Entries close at midnight, 30 October 2020.

The Eventbrite link

How to Enter: Use our Interactive-registration-form to provide your details including your  Eventbrite receipt number.

E-mail your stories plus your Interactive Entry Form to: PeterCowanWritersCentre@outlook.com by the closing date.

The Peter Cowan Writers Centre conducts four annual writing competitions

The Peter Cowan Writers Centre conducts four annual writing competitions: The Peter Cowan 600 Short Story, the Trudy Graham-Julie Lewis Literary Award for Prose, the Patron’s Prize for Poets, and the Glen Phillips Poetry Prize.

The Peter Cowan 600 Short Story Competition was run in February and March this year. It was a great success with well over 300 entries. Unfortunately, our other prose competition the Trudy Graham-Julie Lewis Literary Award for Prose, together with our two poetry competitions the Patron’s Prize for Poets, and the Glen Phillips Poetry Prize, will all have to be put on hold for this year. This is due to the planned refurbishment of Edith Cowan House, which should be completed by early 2020.

The Centre looks forward to another busy year in 2020 conducting our popular competitions!

Due to COVID-19 we have put our 2020 calendar of activities on hold until further notice, this includes competitions, workshops and writing groups. For competitions we are researching a suitable online program.

2019 Peter Cowan 600 Word Short Story Award

The competition has an open theme and entrants may submit stories up to a maximum of 600 words.  Entries must also be unpublished and not have received any previous awards or recognition in any other competition within or outside Australia.

In addition to the ‘Open’ category open to all writers, the Centre established a new category  in 2015 entitled the ‘Novice Writer Award’. To be eligible for this category the writer must have never won a prose competition. This category was very successful  last year and continues in 2019.

The ‘Novice Writer Award’ is to encourage beginning and fledgling writers to enter who may feel they have no chance against established writers entering the ‘Open’ category.

The competition also caters for youth with the ‘Judges Encouragement Award for Youth’ for young writers aged from 12-17 years to encourage and support the upcoming writers of the future.

The ‘Open’ category carries a $200 First Prize, with $100 for Second and $50 for Third Prize.

The ‘Novice Award’ is $50.

The ‘Judges Encouragement Award for Youth’ prize is $50

There are also four, Highly Commended and four Commended Certificates to be awarded in the competition.

Entry Fee: $10.00 each; $20.00 for three entries; $30.00 for five entries, $5.00 each for youth entries (12-17 years)

This competition is now closed. 

 

 

2018 Glen Phillips Poetry Prize Competition

The competition has an open theme and entrants may submit poetry up to a maximum of 50 lines. Entries must also be unpublished and not have received any previous awards or recognition in any other competition.

The competition also caters for youth with the ‘Judge’s Encouragement Award for Youth’ for young poets aged from 12-17 years to encourage and support the upcoming poets of the future.

The ‘Open’ category carries a $200 First Prize, with $100 for Second and $50 for Third Prize. The Novice Poet Award $50

The ‘Judge’s Encouragement Award for Youth’ also has a prize of $50.

 

There are also four, Highly Commended and four Commended Certificates to be awarded in the competition.

Entry fees $10 each $20 for three entries $30 for five entries and for youth entries (12-17 years) $5.00 per entry.

This competition is now closed!

Instructions for interactive PDF

Download PDF registration form onto your desktop.

Working within your desktop environment, open and fill in all applicable information.

Save As: Put in your name and  GPPP then click save.

Attach this document to your email.

Postal entries to P.O. Box 239 Joondalup WA 6919
Online entries to cowan05@bigpond.com

For further information please ring (08) 9301 2282, (Tuesdays and Thursdays)

2018 Trudy Graham/Julie Lewis Literary Award for Prose

The 2018 Trudy Graham-Julie Lewis Literary Award for Prose (Fiction or Non-Fiction) is now open.

 The competition has an open theme and entrants may submit prose up to a maximum of 2000 words. Entries must also be unpublished and not have received any previous awards or recognition in any other competition.

The competition also caters for youth with the ‘Judge’s Encouragement Award for Youth’ for young writers aged from 12-17 years to encourage and support the upcoming writers of the future.

The ‘Open’ category carries a $200 First Prize, with $100 for Second and $50 for Third Prize.

The ‘Judge’s Encouragement Award for Youth’ also has a prize of $50.

There are also four, Highly Commended and four Commended Certificates to be awarded in the competition.

Entry fees $15 each $25 for two entries $35 for three entries. Youth (12-17 years) entries are $7.

This Competition is now closed! 

 

2018 Patron’s Prize for Poets Competition

Poets of all ages and experience are encouraged to enter the 2018 Patron’s Prize for Poets Competition.

This national poetry competition has an open theme and entrants, who must be Australian residents, may submit poems up to a maximum of 50 lines. Entries must be unpublished and not have received any previous awards or recognition in any other competition.

In addition to the Open category for writers of all ages and experience, the Centre has established a category for Novice Poets which aims to encourage beginning and fledgling poets who may feel they have no chance against established poets in the Open category.

The competition also caters for youth with the ‘Judge’s Encouragement Award for Youth’ for young writers aged from 12-18 years to encourage and support the upcoming poets of the future.

The ‘Open’ category carries a $200 First Prize, with $100 for Second Prize and $50 for Third Prize.

The ‘Novice Poet Award’ is $50.

The ‘Judge’s Encouragement Award for Youth’ of $50.

Four Highly Commended and Commended Certificates will also be awarded in the competition.

This competitions is now closed!

 

 

2018 Peter Cowan 600 Word Short Story Award

The competition has an open theme and entrants may submit stories up to a maximum of 600 words.  Entries must also be unpublished and not have received any previous awards or recognition in any other competition within or outside Australia.

In addition to the ‘Open’ category open to all writers, the Centre established a new category  in 2015 entitled the ‘Novice Writer Award’. To be eligible for this category the writer must have never won a prose competition. This category was very successful  last year and continues in 2018.

The ‘Novice Writer Award’ is to encourage beginning and fledgling writers to enter who may feel they have no chance against established writers entering the ‘Open’ category.

The competition also caters for youth with the ‘Judges Encouragement Award for Youth’ for young writers aged from 12-17 years to encourage and support the upcoming writers of the future.

The ‘Open’ category carries a $200 First Prize, with $100 for Second and $50 for Third Prize.

The ‘Novice Award’ is $50.

The ‘Judges Encouragement Award for Youth’ prize is $50

There are also four, Highly Commended and four Commended Certificates to be awarded in the competition.

 

This competition is now closed!

Download PDF registration form onto your desktop.

Working within your desktop environment, open and fill in all applicable information.

Save As: Put in your name and PC600SS then click save.

Attach this document to your email.

Competitions

Peter Cowan Writers Centre Inc. has previously conducted four annual writing competitions for writers residing in Australia:

The Peter Cowan 600 Short Story Competition,

The Trudy Graham-Julie Lewis Literary Award,

The Patron’s Prize for Poets, and

The Glen Phillips Poetry Prize.

In 2021, the Centre is conducting the Peter Cowan 600 Short Story Award for unpublished stories up to 600 words maximum. Further details can be found HERE

2017 Glen Phillips Poetry Prize Competition

The competition has an open theme and entrants may submit poetry up to a maximum of 50 lines. Entries must also be unpublished and not have received any previous awards or recognition in any other competition.

The competition also caters for youth with the ‘Judge’s Encouragement Award for Youth’ for young poets aged from 12-17 years to encourage and support the upcoming poets of the future.

The ‘Open’ category carries a $200 First Prize, with $100 for Second and $50 for Third Prize. The Novice Poet Award $50

The ‘Judge’s Encouragement Award for Youth’ also has a prize of $50.

 

There are also four, Highly Commended and four Commended Certificates to be awarded in the competition.

Entry fees $10 each $20 for three entries $30 for five entries and for youth entries (12-17 years) $5.00 per entry.

For additional information please click the Flyer

For the Rules and Registration Form please click Entry Form

Instructions for interactive PDF

Download PDF registration form onto your desktop.

Working within your desktop environment, open and fill in all applicable information.

Save As: Put in your name and  GPPP then click save.

Attach this document to your email.

Postal entries to P.O. Box 239 Joondalup WA 6919
Online entries to cowan05@bigpond.com

Call (08) 9301 2282, e:cowan05@bigpond.com http://www.pcwc.org.au