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COVID-19 Short Story Competition

Help honour those who put their lives at risk during 2020!

The Cospendium COVID-19 Short Story Competition is your opportunity to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboards) to honour those who put their lives at risk during 2020 to protect Australians and to remember those we lost. Help fill us in and tell the world how you coped with the lockdown, your trials and tribulations or those of someone you know. This competition is for both published and unpublished writers from across Australia!

Theme: Life in COVID-19, how you or someone you know coped. The trials and tribulations, and the challenges faced throughout this time. Stories can be fiction and poetic licence is permitted!

Entries open: 5.00pm Tuesday 23rd June 2020

Entries close: 11.59pm Wednesday 30th September 2020

Word limit: 3000

Prize: $150

SPONSORED BY:

The Hive is a not for profit charity established to benefit writers and those who support writers. The Hive will also supporting a program on ‘Self-Publishing its dangers and rewards’ at the Cospendium 2021 convention next January.

COVID-19 Short Story Competition Rules & Judging Criteria

Judging will be based on the following:

  • Originality
  • Ideas and concepts
  • Word limit
  • Grammar
  • Unique writing style
  • Creativity
  • Descriptive language
  1. It is free to enter the Cospendium COVID-19 Short Story Competition.
  2. Entries must be submitted as a Word document format on an A4 double-spaced page in a 12pt font (Arial or Times New Roman are preferred) with page numbers on each page.
  3. All entries are to be sent to hello@cospendium.com.au
  4. All entrants must be aged 18 or older.
  5. The author’s name and contact details must appear in the email and not in the attached document.
  6. All entries must be submitted by 11.59pm on September 30th 2020.
  7. Entries must be between 3000 words. Entries will be ineligible if they are 10% above this range.
  8. Entrants can be from both published and unpublished writers but entries should not have been published at time of submission. Submissions may be entered in other literary competitions simultaneously. Receiving offers of publication or being place getters in other competitions does not affect eligibility if dated after submission.
  9. All entrants are granting first online publishing rights to Cospendium.
  10. All judges’ decisions will be final. An award will not be conferred if there are insufficient entries in a particular category, or if none of the entries are deemed by the judges to be of sufficient standard.
  11. The winner will be contacted privately via email.
  12. Results will be posted on social media within 14 days after entries close.
  13. The final submission piece of the winner and runners up will also be available for download via the Cospendium website.
  14. Please note that stories with excessive graphic content and profane language will not be accepted. Smut, graphic fan fiction, hate speech and/or discriminatory pieces of work will not be accepted. All pieces of work must work within the Anti-Harassment Policy as described in the below point.
  15. In accordance with the Cospendium Anti-Harassment Policy, we hold a Zero Tolerance Policy against any and all kinds of harassment and bullying. These will be rendered ineligible at the discretion of the judges.

Artists ASSEMBLE!

Showcase your art in our next Creators Challenge!

Are you artistically inclined? Do you have a masterpiece that you want to show off? Then Artists ASSEMBLE, is for you! This brand new addition to our Creators Challenge series showcasing all of the incredible artists out there in Australia.

We want to see what you have been creating during lockdown. Whether you are a fan artists, jeweller or just love drawing, simply submit your artwork, answer some simple questions and you could win $150 CASH!

 

Dates: 13th July – 12th October 2020

Artists Assemble Judging Criteria

Judging will be specific to each category of entry, as below:

MAKEUP & HAIR-STYLING

  • Creativity
  • Application Technique
  • Use of Colour
  • Hairstyling is worth additional points

DIGITAL ARTISTS

  • Originality
  • Creativity
  • Overall Design
  • Subject Matter Selection

PAINTERS

  • Brushwork
  • Originality
  • Creativity
  • Overall Design
  • Subject Matter Selection

CLOTHIERS

  • Attention to detail
  • Acknowledgement of current trends
  • Originality
  • Confidence
  • Overall design

FAN ARTISTS

  • Creative approach
  • Resemblance to the reference
  • Bonus points will be scored for multiple mediums used

JEWELLERS

  • Creativity
  • Originality
  • Commercial practicality
  • Materials used

COSPLAY ACCESSORIES

  • Creativity
  • Originality
  • Design and Execution
  • Materials used
  • Cosplay application

If your artwork does not fall within one of these categories, please submit your piece under the ‘Other’ category and it will be judged under the following criteria:

  • Originality
  • Creativity
  • Overall design

Artists Assemble Rules of Entry

  1. It is free to enter the Cospendium Artists ASSEMBLE Competition.
  2. Entries must be submitted via the form on the Cospendium website at cospendium.com.au/creators-challenge
  3. All entries must be submitted by 11.59pm on Monday October 12th
  4. All judges’ decisions will be final. An award will not be conferred if there are insufficient entries in a particular category, or if none of the entries are deemed by the judges to be of sufficient
  5. The winner will be contacted privately via email.
  6. Results will be posted on social media within 14 days after entries close.
  7. Various submission pieces will be displayed as part of a gallery on the Cospendium website.
  8. In accordance with the Cospendium Anti-Harassment Policy, we hold a Zero Tolerance Policy against any and all kinds of harassment and bullying. These will be rendered ineligible at the discretion of the judges.

Artists Assemble Submit your Entry

Submit your details for entry & upload your Masterpiece:

If you are experiencing issues uploading your file, please send it to hello@cospendium.com.au along with your submission details (Name, category chosen and submission details).

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