[untitled], the best Australian little pocketbook of stories, began in 2009 with the desire to publish good short stories in any genre. This humble anthology was an early publisher of some great Australian writers such as, A S Patric, Ryan O’Neill, George Ivanoff, Les Zig, Tess Evans, Laurie Steed, Laura Elvery, Koraly Dimitriadis and KW George (just to name a few). 

What began as a desire to publish new and emerging writers in Australia has been well and truely realised over 8 issues, as the above mentioned names can attest. The tradition thankfully continues as we plan the publication of issue 9.

From 1 June, 2020, the short story competition will open to entries and be judged by award-winning writer, Les Zig.

Aside from being a great writer and editor, Les Zig was a founding member of the [untitled] anthology from 2009, and an integral part of its legacy.

Winners will win prize money and also be published in issue 9 of [untitled], to be launched in March 2021.

PRIZES First: $500; Second: $250; Third $150

Download the entry form HERE.

General Submissions for [untitled] issue 9 will open on 1 September. See details below.

Publishing Timeline

DateCompetitionGeneral Submissions
1 JuneCompetition opens 
15 AugustCompetition closes 
1 September Callout for general submissions
15 SeptemberLonglist announced 
15 OctoberShortlist announced 
21 OctoberWinners announced at open mic night 
15 November Submission window closes
10 January Stories selected from subs
15 January Editing of stories
15 February Publish & print
TBA March Launch

[untitled] General Submission Guidelines Open from 1st September.

  • writers must live in Australia
  • by submitting, you agree to being published in [untitled] and to being edited
  • stories must be the original work of the author
  • stories must not have been published previously online or in print or won or placed in a writing competition
  • the author’s name and details must appear only in the email, (they must not appear anywhere on the submission itself)
  • the story title and page number should appear on every page of the story
  • minimum 300, maximum 5,000 words; there are no genre specifications
  • entries must be 12pt Serif font, double line space, on A4 page, 2.5cm margins and in a word document
  • there is no maximum number of stories you can submit
  • there is no fee to submit
  • you must be a new or emerging writer with no more than 3 published short stories
  • Payment for stories is $50 for stories up to 2,500 words; $100 up to 5,000 words
  • email stories to submissions@busybird.com.au (hard copy NOT accepted). In body of email, please include full name, address, contact phone number, email address and title of story(s)
  • failure to follow these guidelines will mean stories will not be considered.

[untitled] is proudly brought to you by Pinion Press, an imprint of Busybird Publishing