Submission Guidelines & Conditions of Entry
1. This competition began 26 years ago. Australian writers are invited to enter a short story, written in any style for the first prize of $1000. Manuscripts must be original works, in English, and must not have been previously accepted for publication, which includes websites. Any style of story is acceptable. No entry form is necessary. Shortlisted writers will receive UQP publications. Stories will not be returned.
2. Entries must be typed and on one side of A4 sized paper. They must not exceed 2,500 words and only the title of the story, not the author’s name, is to appear on the manuscript. In order to ensure anonymity, your name, address and the title of the story should be on a separate page, accompanying the entry. Entry is on the basis that the short story is your own original work. Each entry costs $10 and you can enter as many times as you like. Entries must be received by 18 December 2020
3. The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. The judges are responsible to the East Gippsland Art Gallery, the auspicing body. The winner and shortlisted writers will be notified. If you wish to receive notification of the winners, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope with your entry or check the gallery website in late January/early February, 2021. (
4. Each entry must be accompanied by an AUD$10 administration fee which will be used to pay for judging and assist with advertising and postage costs. You can pay entry fee online on the Hal Porter SSC page of East Gippsland Art Gallery website:
Make cheques out to East Gippsland Art Gallery, or pay by bank transfer direct to East Gippsland Art Gallery, BSB: 633 000, Account number: 113 274 757, with your name as Reference. Advise us of method of payment on your details page.
5. The judges reserve the right not to award the prize should the quality of entries be deemed not high enough.
6. The winning entry will be published on the East Gippsland Art Gallery website.
Email entries to or you can post entries. Post entries and entry fees to Hal Porter Short Story Competition, East Gippsland Art Gallery, 2 Nicholson St, Bairnsdale, Vic, 3875. Entries postmarked on or prior to 18 December 2020 will be accepted. For all queries, contact Peter Millard: 0427526731 or or by email to

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Download previous years winning stories:

2019 Jodie Kewley,

Laid Bare | Read here


Jodie has been writing part-time since the early 90s. She has authored two novels and co-edited a non-fiction book, but writing short stories is what she enjoys most. Her stories have won a number of awards and have been published in a wide range of journals and anthologies. Based on the Mornington Peninsula, Jodie has worked as a social worker, journalist, gardener, cook and potter’s assistant. She and her partner run a small business, ‘The Red Hill Muesli Company’, which is conveniently based on their property.

2018 Rob Johnson

The tree.

A beautifully told story about the love between a father and his son, symbolised in the planting of a tree. The boy’s enraged reaction to his father’s death is to cut down the tree. The father is reflective and philosophical. The story goes into a second generation that mirrors the first. This is beautiful, clear writing with a gentleness that is profoundly moving.

2017 Simon Rowe

Crossing the Ditch

The judges chose the winning story for the professionalism of its prose. The story was clear, simple and direct. Told from a boy’s point of view, this story of migration showed the stresses that moving into the unknown hold for probably all migrants.

2016 RJ Tennyson

Tonight's the night I'm going to shine

RJ Tennyson is a writer of short stories (and unfinished novels) who has been writing for pleasure since 2015. He is based south of Melbourne, on the sunny Mornington Peninsula, where he lives with his wife, daughter, two dogs, and a pair of crazy cats. He considers himself a ‘social justice junkie’ and it’s from this space that he draws inspiration for his writing. When time permits, he co-authors the blog FlashFictionFanatics with a fellow writer and friend.

2015 Amanda Wilson

Mr and Mrs Hopper, Room Eighteen.

Amanda Wilson is a daytime Librarian and an evening wordsmith. She likes reading old erotic fiction and wandering her Spotswood neighbourhood at dawn, when the industrial rail yards look like sleepy river towns.

2014 Kerrin O'Sullivan,


Kerrin is a Melbourne-based writer with a love of words and faraway places. She finds inspiration in, and is more than slightly in awe of, the intricacies of language, its nuance and mystery. Her published writings include short fiction and creative non-fiction and have appeared in various journals and anthologies including Southerly, Kill Your Darlings, the Victorian Writer, Write Now and Aesthetica

2013 Claire Aman

Love me tender

Claire says she has always been a daydreamer and always liked reading. She hasn’t studied creative writing. She wrote a novel once. It wasn’t published but it taught her how to write. She loves writing short stories. She likes sifting through the lazy subconscious, pushing preoccupations around and coming up with things she didn’t know she knew.


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