Varuna Short Story Competition and Masterclass

I’m a short story writer at heart. If I had my way, I’d spend the rest of my life writing them, rather than wrestling with words at novel length. Although conventional wisdom has it that no one reads short stories, that collections and anthologies are a hard sell, I love fiction in the short form. So it’s gratifying to see short stories being embraced and nurtured at Varuna: The Writers House. Listen up, short story writers:

Varuna is proud to partner Scribe Publications in two new programs aimed at presenting, exploring and extending the range of short story writing in Australia.

The programs are open to writers resident in Australia. Writers are invited to apply for one or both programs:

  • The Varuna/NAS National Short Story Competition
  • The Varuna/Scribe Masterclass: Exploring the Short Story, with Cate Kennedy and Robin Hemley

The Varuna/NAS National Short Story Competition seeks short stories for possible inclusion in Scribe’s short story anthology. The anthology, to be published in 2011, is the second in Scribe’s New Australian Stories series. New Australian Stories 2.0 will showcase a rich diversity of short stories by contemporary Australian writers.

The Varuna/Scribe Masterclass is an intensive six-day residential program to help writers extend their knowledge of this perennially novel and vital medium. Activities include discussions, readings and practical work, with participants editing one of their short stories and starting a new one. The masterclass will be led by two respected short story writers. Robin Hemley, writing professor with the University of Iowa’s renowned writing program, has written stories and essays that have appeared in many anthologies and literary journals. Cate Kennedy is an award-winning short story writer, with an acclaimed short story collection, Dark Roots.

Submissions close 31 July 2010. Click here for full details.

Varuna: The Writers House