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Field of Words is an organisation dedicated to helping emerging writers grow. We run international writing competitions across the categories of short story, flash fiction, memoir, and feature/genre fiction, meaning there’s something for all types of writers, all year round. Each category offers cash prizes (AUD). We publish successful entries (winners, runners-up, monthly finalists) on the website. Visit our writing competitions page for details.

We also offer highly affordable critiquing and editing services. See the Critiquing and Editing Services page for more information.

We’re excited to be introducing a new Emerging Writers’ Course (Short Fiction), that will be up and running by the end of April, 2017. All course participants will be in the running to have their work published in the inaugural edition of our creative collection/anthology, ‘Offshoots, which will be released as an electronic publication around December 2017/January 2018. ‘Offshoots‘ available to purchase in print ‘on demand’ through the Field of Words website. Stay tuned for more news on these exciting developments.

On this site, you’ll also find the Field of Words blog, where we discuss a vast range of creative writing techniques and subjects; we also offer loads of free writing tips!


Announcing our winner and runner-up for the 2017 flash fiction competition…

Congrat’s to our flash fiction winner Abbey Hunt for ‘Absent City’:


(Pic by Michael Pardo.) ‘Absent City’ by Abbey Hunt…There’s not much light left coming through the trees. I forgot to hang out my washing. My neighbor’s kid is crying and I sit here, listening to the crows. Read more...


Congratulations are also in order for our runner-up Jackie Trott for ‘Cathedrals of Eucalypt’:


‘Cathedrals of Eucalypt’ by Jackie Trott…One hundred eyes track skies as they wait for her. Their shoulders ache under a sadistic sun, scorching without remorse. The day is followed by night with no relief…read more.



Judges’ Comments:

Our winner of the flash fiction competition for 2017, Abbey Hunt, demonstrates admirable skill with her outstanding delivery of ‘Absent City’. The narrative captures notions concerning emptiness and absence with exquisitely raw and economical description. This clever piece manages to deliver substantial, thought-provoking themes in very few words…it’s a memorable exemplar of the flash fiction form.

Our flash fiction runner-up, Jackie Trott, has crafted a rich, surprising and wonderfully well-written piece with ‘Cathedrals of Eucalypt’. The vivid pictures painted by Trott’s words will no doubt stay with readers long after they’ve finished this story. Indeed, her language is as poetic as it is powerful.


Announcing our winner and runner-up for the 2017 short story competition…

Congratulations to our short story winner, Kathy George, for ‘Telling a Weed From a Flower’:


‘Telling a Weed From a Flower’ by Kathy George…Miss Louw walked the aisles between our desks, mannish arms folded across a flat chest, narrow tweed skirt rustling against stockinged legs. Read more.


Congrat’s are also in order for our runner-up, Julia Thatcher, for ‘Insomnia’:


‘Insomnia’ by Julia Thatcher…The police station is dirty and grey and tired. We enter slowly. The constable behind the counter ignores us because he is on the phone. Read more.


Judges’ Comments:

Our winner of the short story category, Kathy George, has crafted an extremely well-written and engaging narrative that thrums with sophisticated characterisation. This piece explores important themes concerning racial prejudice as observed and experienced by its young, innocent characters. ‘How to Tell a Weed From a Flower’ is an exemplar of how to ‘show’ rather than tell’ when writing fiction. Indeed, Kathy’s work ‘shows’ the power of love to transcend all socially/culturally constructed boundaries. We think many readers will appreciate this thematically rich, heart-felt narrative.

Our short story runner-up, Julia Thatcher, has assembled a conflict-driven story that exhibits a sophisticated structure. Julia successfully sustains an engaging and believable voice throughout ‘Insomnia’. Her exploration of autism through the eyes of young Andrew is as captivating as it is enlightening. She also deploys significant details to great effect, allowing them to feed beautifully into the story’s climactic peak of the story’s tension/resolution. We’re sure readers will be moved by this piece.