Welcome to the Fifth Voices of Women annual story competition!
What’s your story?
We are committed to presenting new diverse stories and tales from all women of all writing abilities, in particular we welcome First Nations stories, stories from culturally and linguistically diverse communities, from women living with disability and from LGBTQI+ communities.
Let’s make some noise and create some magic!
We invite all unpublished short monologues and narratives written in the first person.
What does Embellishment mean? Embellishment expresses the moments when beauty is revealed, when the truth is hidden. It is about the layers in our life – mind, body, language, ritual and emotion. When is embellishment a great and beautiful thing? When does it hide the truth? When does it bring communities together? Embellish your story with rich language, with some of your own language, with culture, with emotion, with imagination. Be brave.
What are we looking for?
We love monologues.
Talk about a moment that stands out for you. Create a character that captures what you want to say about the world, your life, other people. Be brave! Embellish it with rich and imaginative language. Use English mostly – but we love to hear you speak in your own culture’s language as well. Unleash your pen and let it do the work. But keep it short. 3-4 minutes out loud.
Talk to yourself, your hairdresser, your dog, your computer, your best friend, lover, teacher, a tree, the night sky!
All genres are welcome. For example: First Nations stories on country, realism, minimalism, collage, magical, magical realism, poetic narrative, adventure, diary, letter, identity story, historical reflection, futuristic, natural universe. Just keep it short! You don’t have to include the word ’embellishment’ in the story or make it the title of your story.
Keep it short: 800 words maximum. 3-4 minutes out loud.
What topics are acceptable? Any! Write about issues, events, people, past, present. We are looking for stories that are moving, funny, powerful, dramatic, curious, quirky, beautiful, uplifting, devastating. We love stories that show you have been brave!
What do you get if your story is selected?
- Each selected writer will receive $100 (AUS).
- Selected stories will be performed on the Voices of Women podcast by a professional actor, or in some cases, by the writer, subject to the Artistic Director’s discretion.
- Selected stories will be performed in live shows in Australia and internationally with our partners, with additional writer performance fees.
- Selected stories will be part of the Embellishment Feature Film.
- Selected stories will be published on the Voices of Women website.
Need any help? We run writing workshops to support you develop your story. If you would like to attend a writing workshop for individuals or groups, live or online, please contact us. We will be running face to face workshops for young women in Dubbo, Wagga Wagga, Nambucca Valley, South Coast and online for those who would like. We want to make sure everyone is included. If the entry fee is a barrier to you taking part, please get in touch and we may waiver the fee.
For more information visit https://voiceswomen.com/embellishment/