Storm anthology available now
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Confidence 2023 writing competition update
For writers who entered CONFIDENCE 2023 writing competition judging will be finalised within two to three weeks. All entrants will be contacted sometime in December by email advising whether they have been selected for the Long List. All Longlisted entrants will receive a second email in January advising whether they have been selected for the Short List. Winners and commended writers will be announced at an online event in February 2024 and our second CONFIDENCE anthology will be launched in March 2024.
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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; Minds Shine Bright Confidence, a longitudinal look at the theme confidence in fiction and poetry, and Seasons a competition with a changing external theme. Light and Shadow is currently open and you can enter below.
We also publish anthologies. Confidence, Minds Shine Bright Anthology 2022 was our first publication.. After couple of topsy turvy years forty-six writers from eight countries explore the confidence theme in stories, script and poems. It was launched at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne.
Storm Minds Shine Bright Seasons 1 2023 is being launched progressively across Australia starting with a tour to Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane. We love placing our books into bookshops and libraries and building our following of anthology readers, writers and poets.
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You can purchase Minds Shine Bright anthologies at the Minds Shine Bright bookshop or at bookstores that support independent publishers and stock Ingram books.
If you prefer to borrow you can request that your local library order a copy in. The ISBN for CONFIDENCE Minds Shine Bright Anthology 2022 is 978-0-6455231-0-2 and for STORM Minds Shine Bright Seasons 1 2023 is 978-0-6455231-2-6.
Seasons writing competition
The Storm Anthology, featuring the winning and commended entries from the first Seasons writing competition is being launched across Australia and internationally. The theme for Seasons 2023/24 is light and shadow. You can enter below.
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 is now open and closes on 31 March 2024.
All prizes are awarded on literary merit. Cash prizes will be paid in Australian dollar value. A first prize of $500 will be awarded to the most outstanding piece of fiction or poetry overall. Second prize will receive $400, third prize will receive $300, fourth prize will receive $200. Commended entries will be awarded $100 each.
Winning and commended entries will form the competition Shortlist and shortlisted entries will be published in the second Minds Shine Bright Seasons series anthology Light and Shadow. Each winning and commended entry author will receive a print copy and e-book of the Light and Shadow anthology.
Longlisted entries will each receive Minds Shine Bright e-certificates of merit. Ten further entries will be awarded certificates of recognition and a small gift featuring the embroidered Minds Shine Bright logo.
Terms and Conditions
Each entry must be original, unpublished fiction or poetry written by the submitting author and included the theme of Light and Shadow in some way. No brand references are allowed. The word limit for each entry is 2500 words.
Please read the full list of terms and conditions on the Seasons Terms and Conditions page.
Light and Shadow enter here
Confidence writing competition
We are currently in the middle of judging Confidence 2023. We will progressively provide updates and we expect to start contacting entrants with results in late September.
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, trends in contemporary writing and ourselves.
Confidence 2024/25 is planned to open in August 2024 and to close in March 2025.
In 2023 we 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.
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 email@example.com.
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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?
- Light and Shadow writing competition opens August 2023
- Storm Anthology launched August 2023 with readings in August, September and October
- Confidence 2023 writers informed if on longlist or shorlist December 2023
- winners announced February 2024
- Confidence 2 Minds Shine Bright Anthology launched March 2024
- Light And Shadow closes 31 March 2024, preparation April judging May to July 2024
- Light and Shadow winners announced August 2024
- Minds Shine Bright Writing Competition Confidence 2024-5 opens August 2024 and closes 31 March 2025