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The first Minds Shine Bright writing competition is now closed for judging. Thanks to all participating writers for your submissions. They will keep us very busy over the next couple of months. We will keep you informed of progress and you can subscribe to follow us here.

What is the Minds Shine Bright writing competition?

The Minds Shine Bright writing competition is for writers of fiction. After a couple of topsy turvy years writers were invited to explore the theme of confidence through poetry, story telling and script writing.

The four categories include 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Each entry submitted must be the original, unpublished work of the submitting writer.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.

Judging in progress

Not currently accepting entries.

Visit our blog for writing posts and competition updates

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

13 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

      1. Thanks Amanda, I have submitted my entry but haven’t received any indication that it or the competition fee was received. Do you not send out confirmation emails when you receive a submission?

  2. Hi Amanda,
    This is the first writing competition I have entered in a long time… I included my name at the bottom of my submission but have since realised that might render it void? Do I need to re-submit?

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