Competitions

Hawkeye Publishing hosts 2 annual writing competitions:
The Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Competition
(Australian residents only), and

The Hawkeye Publishing Manuscript Development & Publication Prize Prize Value $4,500AU
(open to all authors writing for an English-speaking audience)

Details below…

Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Writing Competition 2019

Competition Details

Competition Details:

Australian stories that celebrate
togetherness in diversity…

Winner $200AU + anthology cover based on the winner’s story
TOP 40 published

(all published entrants receive free copy of anthology)

(Sponsorship Opportunities Available – Contact Carolyn)

Closes 6PM Monday 2nd September 2019 

Maximum 1,000 words 

Entrants must be 18 years and over, and residents of Australia

Theme: Together in Diversity, Australia in 2019

$5AU entry

We’re looking for jolly good tales. Show us the positive. The growth. The light-hearted. The heart-warming. The gut-wrenchingly beautiful. Sadness can feature, but we’re looking for evolution in the mix.

Critical thinking, humour, difference will be highly regarded.  

You might write of, for instance, ethnicities, genders, LGBTQIA, Aboriginal stories, regions, city versus country, being the only one not a minority in a diverse community, the generational divides… Your character might be an Australian living or holidaying in another country. The scope is as broad as your imagination.

Whoever you choose as your main character, they must cross paths with a person or people different from them.

Judges : 

  • C T Mitchell – Bestselling international mystery crime writer.
  • Carolyn Martinez – Director, Hawkeye Publishing + Author.
  • Mystery Guest – watch this space for someone special coming soon.

Prize Pool :

  • Winner: $200AU + Anthology front cover design based on winner’s story.
  • Shortlisted (2nd – 5th placed) names published.
  • Top 40 stories will be published in an anthology – recording in perpetuity community spirit of 2019. Top 40 authors receive a free copy of the anthology.

Shortlisted and Longlisted finalists names published on www.hawkeyepublishing.com.au.

Judges can’t wait to read your stories!

Hawkeye Publishing extends a huge thank you to our Gold Sponsors, Tony and Christine Hammond (Sydney Hammond’s son and daughter-in-law), for enabling the winner’s cash prize, the printing of the 40 anthologies for the Top 40, and the cover design for the book!

Hawkeye Publishing extends a big thank you to Lynette Hammond (Sydney Hammond’s daughter) for sponsoring proofreading services!

It’s a family affair to launch the inaugural Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Competition…

Editing, Page Setting, Distribution & Sales, and Publicity provided by Carolyn Martinez (Sydney Hammond’s daughter) through Hawkeye Publishing.

Who was Sydney?

Who is Sydney (Syd) Hammond?

Syd Hammond appeared to be like any ordinary guy. 

But those who loved him, knew different. 

He was so much more than ordinary.

Syd was born in 1937 and died in 2007, aged 70.

As a teenager he taught himself to play guitar. 

When rock-n-roll first sounded on radio there wasn’t sheet music to follow. 

Syd and his mates crowded into booths at record stores. They listened keenly to identify their instruments. 

He hand-made his first electric guitar. 

He was one of the first Brisbane musicians to play music on TV. 

In 1964, Syd received a bravery award for capturing one of Queensland’s most wanted criminals – Bernard Morrow.

Driving in his patrol car, Syd noticed a drunk driver. 

He pulled him over, and casually suggested the guy come to the station and sleep it off before he went any further. Bernard Morrow complied. 

At the station, with Bernard sleeping it off, Syd sat at a desk and a WANTED poster caught his eye.  Staring back at him were the eyes of the man already locked in the cell.

He orated with glee the story of dumb luck getting him a bravery award.

Syd portrayed a quintessential Aussie spirit of larrikin, ‘give it a go mate’, mateship, and do the best you can for your family.

Syd loved Australia. 

He believed in standing up for what you believe in. 

He believed that music, art, humour and stories are the drumbeats that bring people together.

The Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Award to honour his memory is founded by his family.

Entry Form

Entry Form

Terms & Conditions

Competition Terms & Conditions

Entry Terms and Conditions 2019 – Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Award

By entering a piece in the Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Award – a writing competition – you agree to be bound by the following terms and conditions.

  1. Entries close 6pm EST Monday 2nd September, 2019
  2. The word limit is 1,000. This includes titles and any sub-headings. There is no minimum.
  3. Entries can be non-fiction, fiction, or fiction inspired by true events.
  4. Winner receives $200AU + Anthology front cover design based on winner’s story. Shortlisted (2nd – 5th placed) names published.
    Top 40 stories will be published in an anthology.  All published entrants receive a free copy of the anthology.
  5. Your story must not include your name or any identifying marks.
  6. Entry is online only.
  7. Entries must be the original work of the applicant and must not be published in any form or currently offered for publication.
  8. If you prefer your story published under a pseudonym, there is an optional field on the entry form.
  9. Entrants are welcome to submit more than one story. There is no limit on number of entries. A separate entry form, and separate entry fee of $5 (incl. GST) must accompany each entry.
  10. You must acknowledge any quotes from other writers that you use.
  11. Entrants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents. You can reside anywhere in the world.
  12. Staff of Hawkeye Publishing and competition judges and their family members are not eligible to enter the Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Award Writing Competition.
  13. Entrants must be aged 18 years and over.
  14. The judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into with either the judges, or the staff.
  15. By entering the Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Writing Competition, the author gives permission to Hawkeye Publishing to publish his/her work in the anthology if selected by the judges. The copyright to the work is always retained by the author. As publisher of the anthology, Hawkeye Publishing will have First Publication Rights to all submitted works and may use any title or phrase from any entry for the purpose of promoting the competition and the anthology. Any collection or publication subsequent to the Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Writing Competition that includes the author’s story should acknowledge Hawkeye Publishing.
  16. Prize winners may be required to participate in media-related events associated with the competition.
  17. By supplying your contact details you agree to us sending you opt-out correspondence.
  18. The finalists to be published in the anthology will be announced on this website and across our social media channels early October 2019.

Hawkeye Publishing Manuscript Development + Publication Prize 2020

Competition Details

Writing Competition Details

Winner Receives $4,500AU Self Publishing Package

FULL SUITE
Structural Assessment
Edit
Proofing
Production (cover design & interior layout)
Digital publishing
Digital distribution
Book Launch (incl. launch PR), and
12-month marketing strategy

Closes 6PM Friday 20 December 2019

Minimum 40,000 words
Maximum 80,000 words.

$45AU Entry Fee

*The entry fee is required to remunerate judges for the assessment process.

(Sponsorship Opportunities Available – Contact Carolyn)

Hawkeye Publishing extends a huge thank you to our Sponsor, Brisbane Writers Workshop, for provision of the winner’s Structural Assessment.

Brisbane Writer’s Workshop has over 80 published titles to their portfolio of edited works.


Director
Brisbane Writers Workshop Lauren Daniels
BA MFA Creative Writing

Editing, Proofreading, Production, Publishing, Distribution & PR supplied by Hawkeye Publishing.

Eligbility Criteria

  • Authors of commercial Adult and Young Adult fiction and non-fiction written in English can apply.
  • Manuscripts submitted by applicants must be their own original, unpublished work and should be strong commercial fiction, including but not limited to contemporary women’s fiction, science fiction, romance, crime and YA, or commercial non-fiction, including but not limited to memoir, biography, history, self-help, business.
  • The following types of work are not eligible:
    • Poetry, plays, short stories
    • Works intended for the academic or educational market
    • Cookery manuscripts
    • Travel narratives.
  • Manuscripts for adult fiction and non-fiction must be between 40,000 and 80,000 words in length.
  • Emerging and established writers are invited to apply.
  • Entry to the program is open to applicants world-wide who write for an English-speaking audience.

Applicants must be aged 18 years or older.

Competition Process

Entry and Assessment Process

  • Applicants must submit a one-page synopsis, the first 50 pages of their manuscript, and a one-page plan demonstrating to judges that the applicant understands their audience, knows how to reach them, and can successfully continue with the self-publishing of their book at the completion of the prize package.
  • Manuscripts must be formatted as per industry standard – Use a 12-point standard font, e.g. Times New Roman or Courier. The first line of each paragraph should be indented, the text should be double-line spaced with at least 3cm margins, and aligned left.
  • Your manuscript and synopsis must not include your name or any identifying marks to enable the ‘blind’ judging process.
  • Synopses should be single-spaced. Please see Queensland Writers Centre’s Writing a Synopsis resources for tips.
  • Applications must be accompanied by a completed application form and the entry fee.
  • Applicants may enter more than one manuscript; however, each submission must be accompanied by its own application form and entry fee.
  • Judges are looking for exceptional writing and story telling, originality, and viability of your book in the self-published marketplace.
  • Shortlisted applicants must submit a full-length draft of their manuscripts within 72 hours of being notified they are a finalist.
  • There will be no individual feedback for unsuccessful applicants.
  • The winner will be announced on Monday 16 March 2020.

Judges: 
International Bestselling Author, Kylie Kaden
International Bestselling Author of Short Crime, C T Mitchell
Director Hawkeye Publishing + Author, Carolyn Martinez

Carolyn Martinez

Entry Form

Entry Form

Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

By entering a manuscript in the Hawkeye Publishing Manuscript Development + Publication Prize – a writing competition – you agree to be bound by the following terms and conditions.

  1. Entries close 6PM Friday 20December 2019
  2. The word limit is 80,000. The minimum is 40,000 words.
  3. Entries can be non-fiction, fiction, or fiction inspired by true events.
  4. The winner receives a $4,500 Self Publishing Package. Includes editing, proofing, production (cover design & interior layout), digital publishing, digital distribution, book launch at a local library near the winner (incl. launch public relations), and a 12-month marketing strategy to guide the author upon completion of the prize package.
  5. Entry is online only. Attach your entry as a .pdf or Word document (.doc) file via the entry form (left).
  6. Entries must be the original work of the applicant and must not be published in any form or currently offered for publication.
  7. If you prefer your book published under a pseudonym, there is an optional field on the entry form.
  8. Entrants are welcome to submit more than one manuscript. There is no limit on number of entries. A separate entry form, and separate entry fee of $45AU (incl. GST) must accompany each entry.
  9. You must acknowledge any quotes from other writers that you use.
  10. Staff of Hawkeye Publishing and the nominated judges and their family members are not eligible to enter the Hawkeye Publishing Manuscript Development + Publication Prize.
  11. Entrants must be aged 18 years and over.
  12. The judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into with either the judges, or the staff.
  13. The winning author retains all rights to their book.
  14. The winner will be required to participate in media-related events associated with the competition.
  15. By supplying your contact details you agree to us sending you opt-out correspondence.
  16. Hawkeye Publishing will make all reasonable attempt to fulfil the Self-Publishing Package by 31 December 2020.
  17. The author agrees to work productively, openly and efficiently with the Structural Editor, Editor, Page Setter and Cover Designer to achieve a quality manuscript. The author acknowledges that the prize package includes industry professionals in their respective fields.
  18. Should the manuscript require author re-writes prior to publication in order to meet Hawkeye Publishing’s standard quality guarantee to readers, the author and Hawkeye Publishing agree to fulfil the Self-Publishing Package by 31 December 2021. Hawkeye Publishing can not be held liable if late supply of author re-writes prevents the deadline being met.