Issued 24 March 2004


Do you live in Regional Australia? Do you fancy yourself as a writer? Well have we got the project for you!

ABC Radio’s Regional Production Fund is running a Short Story Project and wants people living in regional Australia to take part.

What you need to do is write a story of around 650 words.

Stories should be vibrant and engaging, but can be on any subject you like and can be sad, funny, contemporary, historical, autobiographical, fictional….whatever you want!

This is the third year the ABC has run the Short Story Project and last year saw entrants write about a broad range of topics.

“I think one of my favourite stories from 2003 was one written about the embarrassment of your dad driving you to school in his old Kombi,” said project coordinator Justine Kelly.

“I really related to that story!”

“There were so many wonderful yarns though, on a wide range of topics from mystical, good luck bowls and people kissing on television to Australian cattle vets suffering from “volunteer grief” after returning from El Salvador.

“Everyone has a story to tell, and that’s the wonderful thing about the short stories project – it gives writers an avenue to tell that story.”

The other wonderful thing about the Short Story Project is that 30 stories will be commissioned, produced and broadcast on ABC Radio and the writer will receive a fee of $650.

There are some rules – you must live in a regional area, outside the capital cities although the ABC will take entries from people living in Darwin and Hobart.

You can only enter ONE story, it must be typed and it should be emailed to OR you can post it to Short Stories Project, ABC Radio, GPO Box 9994, Perth, 6848. Entries close at 5pm EST on Friday April 30.