The 2016 Peter Cowan 600 Word Short Story Competition will commence on 12th February 2016.
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 Entries must also be unpublished and not have received any previous awards or recognition in any other competition.
In addition to the ‘Open’ category open to all writers, the Centre has established a new category for 2015 entitled the ‘Novice Writer Award’. To be eligible for this category the writer must have never won a prose competition.
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 ‘Julian Cowan Youth Award’ for young writers aged from 12-18 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 $100.
The ‘Julian Cowan Youth Award’ prize is $100 which has been donated by Mrs. Diana Cowan.
There are also four, Highly Commended and four Commended Certificates to be awarded in the competition.
The competition will be closing on 1st April 2016.