Minds Shine Bright

Calling for entries

To all writers of fiction. The Minds Shine Bright writing competition is now open for submissions.

After a couple of topsy turvy years it’s time for writers to explore the theme of confidence through poetry, story and script writing.

Each writer needs to interpret the theme of confidence in some way in their submitted writing.

There are four categories including short stories, flash fiction, poetry and script writing. There will be a $1000 prize for the overall winner, a $500 prize for the winner of each category and $100 for commendations.

Winning and commended entries will be published in the Minds Shine Bright Confidence Anthology e-book and on MindsShineBright.com to promote this competition.

Winners will be selected on the basis of literary merit.

The judge of the Minds Shine Bright writing competition is Amanda Scotney, founder of Minds Shine Bright.

The entry fee is AU$ 5 per submission.

Each entry submitted must be the original, unpublished work of the submitting writer.

Please read the terms and conditions here.

Enter writing competition here

Each submission must be original, unpublished fiction written by the submitting author.
Each submission must be written in English
Each submission should include the theme of confidence in some way.
Each submission must be entered into one of four categories including: poetry, micro/flash fiction, short stories or script writing.
The closing date is Monday 28th February 2022.
All prizes are awarded on literary merit. Cash prizes will be paid in Australian dollars. An overall prize of $1000 will be awarded to the most outstanding piece of fiction overall. Four category prizes will be awarded of $500, one for each category. Commended entries will be awarded $100.
Word Limits
Micro-flash fiction - up to 1000 words.
Short stories minimum 1000 to maximum 5000 words.
Poetry - up to 240 lines.
Scripts - up to 90 pages.
Shorter film scripts and poems are welcome.
Entries that do not meet word limits will be ineligible for prizes or publication.
There is no limit to the number of submissions entered but each submission costs AU$5 and each new submission must be entered on a separate entry form.
All cash prizes will be paid in Australian dollars.
There is no age limit however if you are under 18 years of age parental consent is required.
Copyright remains with the author and the author grants permission for their work to be published in the Minds Shine Bright Confidence Anthology, on the MindsShineBright.com website and on social media and in other media and communications for future promotions of the competition. Australian Copyright Law applies.
Any entries which are deemed to be offensive, discriminatory or do not meet community standards will be ineligible for prizes or publication.
The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
Minds Shine Bright is not liable for late, lost, incomplete, invalid, incorrectly submitted entries, or illegible, corrupted or misdirected entries.
Privacy. The personal information requested in the entry form is required primarily so that Minds Shine Bright can provide you with any prizes, invite you to awards and/or other online events related to this competition.
By entering the competition, entrants and or their parents/ legal guardians accept these terms and conditions of entry.
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Price: $ 5.00

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Minds Shine Bright Confidence Anthology

The Minds Shine Bright Confidence Anthology will feature the winners and commended writers of the first Minds Shine Bright Creative Writing Competition.

It will be launched in July 2022.


Up to 240 lines

Both short and long poems are welcome


Flash Fiction – up to 1000 words

Short fiction – from 1000 to 5000 words

Script Writing

Up to 90 pages

Both short and feature length scripts are welcome

Minds Shine Bright

Founded in 2021 by Amanda Scotney, Minds Shine Bright, is a creative arts business based in Melbourne, Australia

Do you have questions about our writing competition or the Minds Shine Bright Anthology?

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  • Writing Competition closes – 28 February 2022
  • Judging – March to June
  • Awards Event and Anthology Launch – July 2022

4 thoughts on “Minds Shine Bright

  1. I’d love to enter this competition. I live in the UK, so how much does the entry fee translate to in sterling please? Thanks! Dorinda

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