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17th Annual Marjorie Graber-McInnis Short Story Award

Closing date: 5 pm Friday 19 September 2014. Please note that the conditions of entry have been updated for 2014—please read carefully before submitting your entry.

First prize: $600. The winning short story and up to three highly commended stories will be published in an issue of the ACT Writers Centre magazine, ACTWrite.

The Marjorie Graber-McInnis Short Story Award was established by Don McInnis to commemorate the life of his wife, a short story writer who lived in Canberra and passed away on 25 September 1997. The Award is administered by the ACT Writers Centre.
Conditions of entry
Entries must be between 1,500–3,000 words.
The award will be for an emerging writer (i.e., without a novel or collection of short stories published or accepted for publication by a publisher with national distribution, at the closing date for submissions to the award).
Entries must not have been previously published or won a prize in another competition.
The author must reside permanently within the ACT or region (which covers the shires of Young, Harden, Gundagai, Tumut, Boorowa, Yass Valley, Upper Lachlan, Goulburn, Mulwaree, Wingecarribee, Palerang, Greater Queanbeyan, Shoalhaven, Eurobodalla, Bega Valley, Bombala, Cooma Monaro, and Snowy River).
Entries should be typed, single spaced on A4 paper, one side only.
Limit of one entry per person.
Entries must be received by 5 pm Friday 19 September 2014. Late entries will not be accepted.
Entry fees should accompany submissions. Please do not send cash through the mail.
An entry fee of $5 for ACT Writers Centre members and $10 for non-members applies. Please be very sure about your membership status before you apply. An incorrect entry fee will render your entry invalid.
No names are to appear on the manuscript.
All entries should be accompanied by either an entry form or an email which contains the entrants contact details and a signed declaration of the following sentence: ‘This entry is entirely my original work and I reside permanently in the ACT region’. If paying online, the payment form constitutes an entry form.
By entering this competition you are giving permission for your story to be published in the ACT Writers Centre magazine ACTWrite if it wins or is highly commended. These stories will be published in the 12 months following the award announcement.
The winners will be announced and the prizes awarded at the ACT Writers Centre Annual Awards Night in December.
Current staff and board members of the ACT Writers Centre are ineligible for consideration in the Marjorie Graber-McInnis Short Story Award.
This award may be cancelled at any time at the discretion of the ACT Writers Centre. In the event of cancellation, entry fees will be reimbursed.

Entries in the Marjorie Graber-McInnis Short Story Award are only accepted by email. To submit, attach your entry form and entry to an email with 'Short Story Award' as the subject and your name and the title of your entry in the main body and send it to: admin(at)

Payment can be made by credit card over the phone on (02) 6262 9191 or via PayPal/credit card online at

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