Calling for entries
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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 each year. Minds Shine Bright Confidence, a longitudinal look at confidence in fiction and 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 in Melbourne. We are working hard to get into more bookshops and libraries and we are preparing all of the Storm entries for blind judging.
You can purchase the Confidence anthology at the Minds Shine Bright online bookshop or at discerning bookstores that support independent publishers.
Calling for Entries Confidence 2023
Minds Shine Bright Confidence 2023 is now open for entries and will close at midnight on 28 February 2023.
Minds Shine Bright Confidence writing competition runs from late October to February each year. Its aim is captures and share how fiction writers explore the theme of confidence over time. Four categories including short stories, poetry, flash fiction and scripts are included. The competition is completely blind judged, entries are assessed against ten criteria and there are many entries so the judging process takes several months. Winners are contacted in late July or early August and the awards night and launch occur later in the year.
As we move towards 2023 and as writers explore and discover different elements and layers of the confidence theme we look forward to seeing how our series of Confidence anthologies evolve.
This year we have increased our prize pool to support our aim of paying writers fairly for their work. All prizes are shown in Australian dollars. International entries are welcome.
$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Each entry must be original, unpublished fiction or poetry written by the submitting author and included the theme of confidence in some way.
up to 1000 words – flash fiction
1000 -5000 words – short story
up to 5000 words – short script
up to 260 lines – poetry
Please read the full list of terms and conditions on the Terms and Conditions Page before entering.
Revolving Themes Competition
Our revolving theme writing competitions are designed to highlight the work of a smaller set of writers, poets, screenwriters and playwrights.
The Minds Shine Bright writing competition Storm has now closed and sorting for blind judging is currently underway. Thank you for your entries. Winners will be announced in February 2023 and the Storm Anthology will be launched in March or April 2023.
A new theme based competition Light and Shadow will open in June 2023.
Visit our blog for writing posts and competition updates
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.
Short and longer poems
up to 260 lines
Flash fiction – up to 1000 words
Short stories – 1001 to 5000 words
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?
- Storm judging now underway November 2022 – January 2023
- Confidence 2023 writing competition open 31 October 2022 closes midnight 28 February 2023
- Storm winners announced February 2023
- Storm Anthology Launch March – April 2023
- Storm Anthology Launch – early 2023
- Confidence 2023 winners announced August – September 2023