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Make a beeline for this cliché short story competition

chocolates-171351_640I’ve just heard from the organisors of The Stringybark Dog Eat Dog Short Story Award 2017, an Australian competition that welcomes international entries.

They are looking for stories that have a cliché as their title and you must include one reference to that cliché somewhere in the story.

But they DO NOT want a story containing many clichés.

“We hate clichés with a passion but we reckon clichés can inspire some ripper short stories. Can you imagine the content of stories with titles such as:

A Bed of Roses
A Fate Worse than Death
A Hard Man is Good to Find
Behind the Eight Ball
Built Like a Brick Shithouse
The Female of the Species is Deadlier than the Male…”

Word Count up to 1500 words
The Prize value is over $1000 in cash and books. International entries welcome.
Deadline for entries is 16 July 2017. You can find all the details HERE

And here’s a handy list of cliches that might inspre you. CLICHES TO AVOID

8 comments on “Make a beeline for this cliché short story competition

  1. ellenbest24
    June 12, 2017

    That opened a can ‘o worms, must make a bee line for the note book… *thinks* clich`e *taps nails on desk* 😉😇

  2. bridget whelan
    June 12, 2017

    Now, don’t be all talk and no action. Start with a clean slate and I bet you can come up with the best thing since sliced bread. (I’ll shut up now…)

  3. Phillip T Stephens
    June 13, 2017

    Well, I checked the link out, and can’t find any mention of the contest in their current or upcoming contests pages. This doesn’t mean they aren’t doing it, but until they change their site, there’s nothing to enter. I did email the publisher for a link or an update.

    • Phillip T Stephens
      June 13, 2017

      Oops. The contest is called Dog eat Dog, and it is the current contest. I didn’t look carefully enough.

      Deadline pressure.

      • bridget whelan
        June 13, 2017

        Thanks for checking it out Phillip – glad it is there after all. I do usually double check links but I didn’t in this case as the organisers contacted me directly (and I know that they have been running competitions for years).

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