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Terms and Conditions: Flash Fiction Short Story Competition 2019

Who can enter?

  1. Entry is open to anyone residing in Australia.
  2. There is no age limit but if you are 18 years of age or over 18 you must submit your story under the Adult category. If you are under 18, you must submit your story to the Under 18 category.
  3. Prahran Mechanics’ Institute staff, committee members and their immediate families are not eligible to enter. Prahran Mechanics’ Institute volunteers may enter.

How to enter

  1. Stories must be submitted using the online form at
  2. Format:
    1. PDF
    2. Text: 1.5 spacing, 12 pt font size,
    3. Font: Calibri or Times New Roman

Terms and conditions

  1. This competition is administered by the Prahran Mechanics’ Institute (PMI), 39 St. Edmonds Road, Prahran, VIC 3181.
  2. Entries must be a single story no more than 500 words, written in English.
  3. Entries must not contain images or illustrations.
  4. Multiple entries are NOT permitted.
  5. Entries must be original works of fiction written by an individual author.
  6. Entries must not infringe upon anyone’s copyright.
  7. Entries that are deemed to be works of plagiarism will be disqualified.
  8. Previously published, prize-winning, or broadcast stories will not be accepted. (Previous online appearances constitute prior publication.) Entries will be deemed ineligible if they are under contract to another publisher or broadcaster.
  9. There is no entry fee.
  10. Entrants may only submit one piece of work in this competition.
  11. The closing date for entries is 11:59pm, 6 May 2019.
  12. Copyright of the story remains with the entrant.
  13. To maintain anonymity for judging purposes, the author’s name must only appear on the online entry form and not on any part of the work.
  14. Entries that are incomprehensible, illegible, incomplete or do not comply with these terms and conditions, will be deemed invalid
  15. Entries that are considered of an offensive nature will be rejected.
  16. The PMI does not accept responsibility for late, lost, damaged, misdirected or incomplete entries.
  17. If a winning entry is created by multiple people in collaboration, the prize will be evenly split between the responsible parties.
  18. The PMI reserves the right to require the winner to provide proof of identity including place of residence, prior to distribution of the prize. The verifications required are at the sole discretion of the PMI and if these requirements cannot be satisfied, the winner will forfeit the prize in whole and no substitute will be offered or compensation paid
  19. The PMI is permitted to display entries and publish all, or part of, an entry including the entrants name on its websites, social medial channels and in its newsletter. Entrants agree to participate and co-operate as required in promotional activities relating to the competition, including but not limited to, being interviewed and photographed.


  1. The winner of the Adult category will receive $500.
  2. The winner of the Under 18 category will receive $100.

The Judging Process

  1. Judging is completely anonymous.
  2. The Adult category judge is Elizabeth Jane Corbett.
  3. The Under 18 Category judge is Rafael S.W.
  4. The judge’s decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into about the judgements or the judging process.
  5. We are unable to provide feedback about individual entries.
  6. The PMI reserves the right not to award a prize.