Minds Shine Bright

Storm anthology coming soon

Minds Shine Bright acknowledges the people of the Kulin nations, the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we live and work and where this website was made. We pay respects to their long history and culture, and their Elders, past, present and emerging.

What is Minds Shine Bright?

Minds Shine Bright is an arts business based in Melbourne Australia committed to supporting the arts and writers. We run two fiction writing competitions each year. Minds Shine Bright Confidence, a longitudinal look at confidence in fiction and Seasons a competition with a changing theme which in 2022 was Storm.

We also publish beautiful books. Confidence, Minds Shine Bright Anthology 2022 was launched at the Wheeler Centre on 28 October 2022 in Melbourne. We work hard to get more books into bookshops and libraries and to build a strong following of anthology loving readers.

You can purchase the Confidence anthology at the Minds Shine Bright online bookshop or at discerning bookstores that support independent publishers.

Confidence writing competition

Minds Shine Bright Confidence writing competition aims to captures and share how fiction writers explore the theme of confidence over time. Four categories including short stories, poetry, flash fiction and short scripts are included. The competition is blind judged, entries are assessed against ten criteria and there are many entries so the judging process takes several months.Once judging is complete there is an online Awards Night and once the anthology is curated, edited and designed and published there is a celebratory launch.

As writers discover and explore different elements and layers of the confidence theme we look forward to seeing how the series of Confidence anthologies evolves and what we can learn from it about our times and trends in contemporary fiction and poetry writing.


This year we have increased our prize pool for the Confidence Writing Competition to support our aim of paying writers fairly for their work. All prizes are shown in Australian dollars. International entries are welcomed.

$1600 – The overall winner, plus publication in Confidence Minds Shine Bright Anthology 2023

$800 – for each of the four category winners plus publication in Confidence Minds Shine Bright Anthology 2023 (The overall winner is excluded from all other prizes) Categories include short stories, short scripts, flash fiction and poetry)

$175 – for each commended entry plus publication in Confidence Minds Shine Bright Anthology 2023

15 certificates of recognition and gifts will be sent to writers whose creativity shone in some way.

Terms and Conditions

Each entry must be original, unpublished fiction or poetry written by the submitting author and included the theme of confidence in some way.Please read the full list of terms and conditions on the Terms and Conditions Page.

Seasons writing competition

Judging for Storm is almost complete and we have updated entrants on the Longlist and the Shortlist. We are still selecting our Gifts and Certificates of Recognition. The Competition winner and placeholders will be announced at an online Awards Night soon and the Storm Anthology will be launched in mid 2023 the first in our new Seasons series.

The Seasons writing competition has themes that relate to the external world, and imagined worlds. This competition has smaller prizes, smaller word limits and focuses on a smaller set of writers. Our next Seasons Writing Competition Light and Shadow will open in July 2023.

A moment of reflection

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Minds Shine Bright Anthology 2022

Confidence Minds Shine Anthology 2022 features the winners and commended writers of the first Minds Shine Bright fiction writing competition Confidence 2022. After a couple of topsy turvy years forty-six writers from eight countries explore the theme of confidence through stories, script and poems.

Each piece stands alone yet together they weave a narrative: starting with the elements, following the life cycle and ending with redemption and hope. Confidence will make you laugh and make you cry.

Confidence is now available and readers can buy a print copy or an EPUB e-book online in the Minds Shine Bright bookshop.

Buying a copy of CONFIDENCE will help Minds Shine Bright to support and pay new and established writers and poets and helps us to build up our prize pool. You can start collecting the series or give CONFIDENCE as an inspirational gift.

Bookstores and libraries can order copies directly through Ingram. (ISBN 987-0-06455231-0-2) or email writing@mindsshinebright.com.

Confidence, Minds Shine Bright’s anthology features winning and commended entries from the Minds Shine Bright writing competition Confidence 2022.
Confidence Minds Shine Bright Anthology 2022, Curator Amanda Scotney, Cover Artwork
by M S Lang.


Short and longer poems

up to 260 lines


Flash fiction – up to 1000 words

Short stories – 1001 to 5000 words

Script Writing

Short scripts

up to 5000 words

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 competitions or the Minds Shine Bright anthologies?

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  • Storm winners announced March/ April 2023
  • Confidence 2023 writing competition preparation for judging March/April, judging May to July
  • Light and Shadow writing competition opens July 2023
  • Storm Anthology launched mid 2023
  • Confidence 2023 winners announced August – September 2023
  • Confidence Minds Shine Bright Anthology 2023 launched November 2023
  • Light And Shadow closes 31 Jan 2023, preparation Feb/March, judging March to May 2024
  • Minds Shine Bright Writing Competition Confidence 2024 opens 1 Febuary 2024 and closes 31 July 2024
  • Light and Shadow winners announced June 2024

19 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?

  3. hello do you do competitions for young women at the age of 16 because i love writing story’s i wanna do my own book one day. so i was just wondering its okay if you don’t i’m just wondering.

    thank you

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