2022 Prize - Conditions of entry
The competition is open to anyone living, working or studying in the Gippsland region or who has a strong connection with the Gippsland region, past or present.
The theme is open but entries must relate to Gippsland people, places or issues. For instance, you could write about climate change but the primary focus should be local rather than national or global. A memoir is acceptable but should be set substantially in Gippsland.
No identifying content
Entries are anonymous. Please do not put any personal or identifying details on the entry itself but include them on the cover page.
Entrants must submit an entry form along with their entry. Download entry form as a PDF or Word document and include the title of the work, your name, contact details, brief biographical information and details of Gippsland connection. Or you can simply copy the form and include it with your entry.
Entries submitted anonymously or using a pseudonym will not be accepted.
Download Word document.
Entries must not have been published previously, including on the Internet.
Entries between 4000 and 10,000 words.
Entries between 2000 and 4000 words.
Main prize: $5000 first, $2500 second, $1000 third.
Shorter prize: First prize $1000, second prize $500.
The prize winning entries will be published. Please do not enter the competition if you do not want your work to be published.
Entries will be judged on the quality of the writing and research and the ability to hold the reader’s attention.
Images can be included with entries but the work will be judged solely on the writing.
Word, PDF or Plain Text.
More than one entry from the same author will be accepted as long as they are submitted in separate emails.
Non-indigenous authors should take care not to appropriate indigenous content. They should ensure that they have permission to use such content and that they acknowledge their sources.
Hints for competitors
If you have not entered your work in a competition before, you may find these hints helpful.
Open hint sheet.
Email entries to Catherine Watson at email@example.com by September 14, 2022.
Judges' decision is final
The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
Prize winners will be announced in November 2022 at a date and venue to be decided.
The winning entries will be published in the Bass Coast Post and may be published in an anthology following consultation with the writers.
The judging panel reserves the right not to award the prizes in 2022 if they consider entries do not meet the criteria or quality required.
In such a case the prize money will be rolled over into the following year.
The judging panel
Download entry form.
Sign digitally, or print and sign.
Scan or photograph.
Email back with your entry.
The Bass Coast Prize for Non-Fiction 2019 & 2020 Anthology is on sale for $30 including postage.
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