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The 2022 competition is now CLOSED (as of 6 November 2022).

Judging will commence shortly, and entrants will be updated via email.

This prized literary award is designed to foster original creative writing of outstanding quality, including experimental, challenging or thought-provoking work.

Read the following information carefully to complete your entry.

View the winning entries from 2021.

Download a printable PDF flyer here.

The English-Speaking Union (Queensland) is delighted to have Professor Roly Sussex as our partner in English. Professor Sussex is an Emeritus Professor of Applied Language Studies at the University of Queensland. He is one of Australia’s leading champions for language and languages. His ABC Radio program A Word in Your Ear has been running for 25 years.



OPEN Category

First Prize: $7,500
Second Prize: $1,500
Highly Commended


First Prize: $1,000
Second Prize: $500
Highly Commended



Submissions should reach the ESU by Close of Business on 6 November 2022 (GMT+10).

No submissions will be accepted after this date.



Authors must be Australian citizens or Australian residents who are not related to the judges or members of the Executive of the English-Speaking Union. Entrants to the Secondary School section must be enrolled full-time at a secondary school.

Submitted stories should not have been published before.



The results will be announced in late 2022 via this website and our Facebook page.

The results will be announced by email to the winners, and through the website of the ESU ( ESU will pay up to $500 in travel and accommodation costs to attend the awards ceremony to each of the first place winners if they come from outside SE Queensland.



All stories submitted to the Roly Sussex Short Story Award will be considered for publication by the ESU and may be used for marketing and publicity in conjunction with the ESU. In submitting their stories for publication authors indicate their consent to these initiatives.



Authors retain copyright of their work. Stories published by ESU will be protected under a Creative Commons licence: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0):


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