Storm Terms and Conditions

Judging in process

Minds Shine Bright Writing competition Storm is closed and all entries are now being sorted, coded and judged against a set of criteria. Winners will be announced in February 2023.

Each entry must be original, unpublished fiction written by the submitting author.

Each entry must be written in English.

Each entry should include the theme of storm in some way.

There should be no brand references or product placements, no references to celebrities and no references to people that are defamatory or could be perceived to be defamatory. 

There should be no material submitted that is offensive or objectionable.

Each submission should be entered into one of four categories including: poetry, flash fiction, short stories, or script writing.

The closing date is Friday 30th September 2022.


All prizes are awarded on literary merit and there will be no category specific prizes for Minds Shine Bright Mini Competitions. Cash prizes will be paid in Australian dollars.

A first prize of $500 will be awarded to the most outstanding piece of fiction overall. Second prize will receive $400, third prize will receive $300, fourth prize will receive $200.  Five commended entries will be awarded $100 each. Winning and commended entries will be published in the first Minds Shine Bright book or books for our mini competition. Ten further entries will be awarded certificates of recognition and a small gift featuring the Minds Shine Bright logo.

All cash prizes will be paid in Australian dollars.

Word Limits

2500 for every category except flash fiction where the limit remains 1000 words.

Entries that do not meet word limits will be ineligible for prizes or publication.

There is no limit to the number of entries but each entry costs AU$5 and each new entry must be entered on a separate entry form. Only one piece of fiction can be submitted in an entry.

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 publication ‘Storm’, on the 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, too graphic 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 or competition updates, invite you to Awards and/or other online events related to this competition and communicate with you about your entry. Communications may include editing suggestions, publication proofs, contracts or other matters relating to your entry.

By entering the competition, entrants and or their parents/ legal guardians accept these terms and conditions of entry.