2017 Story Contest


The inaugural HNSA Short Story Contest is open to all delegates of the Melbourne Historical Novel Society Australasia Conference (HNSA 2017). The HNSA committee is delighted to announce that Sandra Gulland, author of The Shadow Queen and Mistress of the Sun will act as our judge. Our thanks go to Eagle Books and the Historical Novel Society for sponsoring the prizes.

Eagle Books

Historical Novel Society


The winner will be awarded:

The second and third placed entrants will each receive certificates.

With the author’s consent, the winning, second place and third place stories will be published by Backstory (both online and print on demand) after the conference.  http://www.backstoryjournal.com.au

The short list and prize-winning entry will be announced at the HNSA 2017 Conference Dinner.

Opening date: 19 February 2017

Closing date for receipt of entries:  Midnight 31 July 2017 AEST

Word count: 3,000 maximum, 1,500 minimum

Format and Period: Historical short stories set no later than 1965

Theme: Open

Cost: $10. This is non-refundable.

All entries must be submitted with a cover sheet containing the following:

  • Entrant’s name
  • Title of story
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Booking IDs for your HNSA 2017 conference ticket and contest entry
  • The statement ‘I agree to the conditions of entry set out in the HNSA Short Story Contest Rules.’

Email entries to hnsashortstory@gmail.com by Midnight 31 July 2017 AEST

Purchase of an HNSA 2017 weekend conference or day ticket is a precondition to entering the HNSA Short Story Contest.

Entrants must meet all submission requirements and abide by the HNSA Short Story Contest Rules. Failure to comply with the entry requirements will result in disqualification. Click here to download the rules.



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