Can you pen a crime story in 1000 words or less? Then here’s a challenge for you – Bloomsbury’s Short Sentence competition.

Every two months one of Bloomsbury’s crime authors will lay down the creative gauntlet with an original short story which will set the theme for participants. Bloomsbury will choose one winner for each theme and their piece will be published as a Short Sentence eBook along with the Featured Authors’ stories. This will be available for free from all online book retailers once the competition has finished. This month’s theme is secrets & lies.

Bloomsbury will also select an overall winner who will win a place on the Australian Writers’ Centre five week writing course (at Milsons Point in Sydney, Chapel Street in Melbourne or online). Each winner will also win a selection of Bloomsbury’s crime books. Click here for more information.


On the literary front, entries for the 2014 The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award are now open.

The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award is one of Australia’s richest and the most prestigious award for an unpublished manuscript by a writer under the age of 35. Offering publication by Allen & Unwin, with an advance against royalties plus prize money totalling $20,000, The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award has launched the careers of some of Australia’s most successful writers, including Tim Winton, Kate Grenville, Gillian Mears, Brian Castro, Mandy Sayer and Andrew McGahan.

The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award-winning authors have gone on to win or be shortlisted for other major awards, such as the Miles Franklin Award, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Booker Prize. Entries close on May 31, 2013. For terms, click here.