OutStanding LGBTQIA+ Short Story 2019

Support the 2019 OutStanding Short Story Competition and Amplify LGBTQIA+ Voices

Please help support the OutStanding Short Story Competition , Australia’s premier creative writing event for the LGBTQIA+ community of Australia and New Zealand. Entries for our 2019 competition have closed and judges are currently reading submissions; your donation will fund six cash prizes and our fabulous winner’s event on Sunday 29 September, 2019, where writers take to the stage to read their stories!

Scroll down to find out more about OutStanding and to see a detailed breakdown of how we plan to use your generous donation. Even small change can make a big difference!

41053494_1568328275541571_r.jpegWinners Event – OutStanding Short Story Competition 2018

This annual competition provides a safe and supportive environment for both emerging and established LGBTQIA+ writers to share their stories, increase their visibility in wider literary circles, and express the values, experiences, history and hopes of our glorious community.

Below you will find a breakdown of the 2019 competition costs. Our funding requirements are quite modest, thanks to dedicated volunteers and the generosity of community partners.  The greatest portion of funds raised in this campaign will go toward cash prizes for competition winners,  which makes a big difference for people in the arts industry where  'exposure' all too often is offered instead of the kind of payment that actually pays the bills! The remaining funds are used to stage a free event (on Sunday 29 September, 2019 ) where the winners are announced and the writers read their stories to an enthralled audience. 

In previous years we have been fortunate enough to receive funding for prize money and event costs from organisations like The Aurora Group and private donations. This year, we have decided to transition to a 'small donor' fundraising model, putting into place a long-term strategy that invites the whole community to join us in amplifying the important stories that still need to be told and heard.

Robert Tait, Alex Greenwich, Gail Hewison and Nicole Baker-Bryson, 2019 Theme Launch

Cash Prizes | Now Raised! 
General - 1st: $2,000.00
General - 2nd: $300.00
General - 3rd: $200.00
Youth - 1st: $500.00
Youth - 2nd: $100.00
Highly Commended x 3: $300.00
Total: $3,400

Winner's Event 
Venue Hire: $400.00
Hospitality: $300.00
Total: $700.00

Competition Promo | Now Raised! 
Facebook Advertising: $100.00
Twitter Advertising: $100.00
Total: $200.00

Digital Services: $300.00
Hosting/Publishing: $200.00
Total: $500.00

Gail Hewison (judge, competition management, social media and publicity liaison)  Gail is an enthusiastic member of our OutStanding Committee with a long term commitment to the queer lit community. Through her work at The Feminist Bookshop 1982 – 2011, she was awarded an OAM (Order of Australia Medal) for services to community and especially for services to emerging authors. She reads, she writes, she loves short stories!

Robert Tait (judge, competition management, venue and partner liaison)  Robert is the author of several novels, including Trashtown and Perfect Gay Marriage, chronicling gay life in contemporary Australia. As a long-term member of Sydney’s Queerlit community he strongly believes we should be more vigorous in writing and sharing our own distinctive Antipodean LGBTQIA+ stories.

Nicole Baker-Bryson (fundraising, digital content, event emcee) Nicole is a communications specialist with a profound passion for networking and philanthropy, and has leveraged these skills across a variety of event-based and digital campaigns. She has also significantly contributed to the success of several community organisations, including the SGLBA (Media & Communications Board Director) and the Aurora Group (VIP Liaison & Bookings Director).

Stafford Hamilton (administration) Stafford is a Facilities and Office manager for a global reinsurance company, managing three offices in Australia and New Zealand and 160+ staff. He brings high level administrative and exceptional organizing skills to assist with the back office functions of the OutStanding Short Story Competition. A former Sydney drag performer, with a 12 year tenure and longest serving board members of the DIVA awards, Stafford is keen to bring his knowledge, experience and diverse skill set to assist Outstanding to grow further and take the short story competition to new levels.




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  • Shauna Jensen 
    • $25 
    • 4 mos
  • Tyson Young 
    • $25 
    • 4 mos
  • Stafford Hamilton 
    • $100 
    • 4 mos
  • Nicole Baker-Bryson 
    • $200 (Offline)
    • 4 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $20 
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Nicole Baker-Bryson 
Penrith, NSW
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