Send Us Your Stories

22 March 2016 Melissa Cranenburgh

Send Us Your Stories

Illustration by Danny Snell

Have you been cooking up your very best tales? Entries for the 2016 Big Issue fiction edition are closing soon: make sure yours is in by Tuesday, 31 May.

An annual highlight of the publishing world, last year’s edition had a circulation of close to 30,000 nationally. We are inviting all writers – of whatever age, whether established, emerging, or just keen to have a crack – to send us stories. Once again, all open submissions will be judged “blind”, with no names attached. The selected stories will sit alongside some well-known names, which will be announced later this year. Previous editions have featured James Franco, Christos Tsiolkas, Graeme Simsion, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Peggy Frew, Emily Bitto, SJ Watson, Michel Faber and Chris Womersley – to name but a few. And this year – to encourage unrestricted imaginative flow – there is NO prescribed theme for the stories. Start cooking!

To submit:

Stories must be between 300 and 3000 words. (We are often surprised there are not more short short stories.) To enter, send two printed (not electronic) copies of your entry to:

Fiction Edition, The Big Issue, GPO Box 4911, Melbourne 3001.

Make sure your name, email address and phone number are included on a removable coversheet.

Entries must be in by the close of business, Tuesday 31 May 2016.

Please note: we will only accept one story per person, and the work must be previously unpublished.