Queenscliffe Literary Festival’s

Micro-fiction Writing Competition. A story, in exactly 50 words.

Rules and conditions:

  • Competition opens on 8 April 2021 and closes at 11.59pm 20 May 2021
  • Email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Send in your PENNED entry by attaching either a Word document (.docx) or PDF (.pdf) document to an email (NOT in the body of the email and not an attached image)
  • Do NOT have any identifying information on your entry, judges should not see whose entry is whose
  • On your email, include the following:
    • Name
    • Contact number
    • Age section that you are entering (under 18 years or 18–110 years)
  • PENNED entries should be a story (*hint* it is well accepted that stories have a beginning, middle and end)
  • PENNED entries should be 50 words exactly or will not be considered (contractions are acceptable, incorrect and creative hyphen usage is not. Refer to Macquarie Dictionary if in doubt).
  • Entrants’ emails will be added to the Queenscliffe Literary Festival’s subscription list so entrants may be contacted (you may unsubscribe easily later, but we’d love for you to stay)
  • All 2021 entrants will also go into a draw for 2 tickets to 2 events at the 2022 Queenscliffe Literary Festival 
  • Entries may be used by QLF in their social media, website, and print media
  • Your micro-fiction piece does not have to have a title
  • If your piece has a title, it is not included in the 50-word limit


  • One winner, as judged by our QLF judges, from each age section will receive a book pack 

  • One winner, as judged by popular vote (likes / heart symbol) on Facebook, from each age section will receive a book pack