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What's your story? Welcome to the fourth Voices of Women annual writing competition!

ENTANGLEMENT: What is this world in which we are entangled?

We invite all unpublished short monologues and narratives (800 words) written in the first person. Winning entries receive $100 and the stories will be presented by professional actors in live and filmed performances around International Women's Day and Month and other events. The stories may be selected for publishing on our podcast, published online with our partners or form part of an international collaboration.

Click on the link below to read more and start your submission to 'entanglement', the writing competition for 2021. Deadline is 2 February 2021. 

About Voices of Women

Voices of Women is a not for profit organisation inspired by storytelling and storytellers, performance and music. It has community, openness and collaboration at its heart.

We are looking for stories written in the first person – monologues, soliloquies and narratives – which we will present in rehearsed readings by actors in live and filmed performances.

Over the past three years we have presented performances at Studio MV in Sydney, Leichhardt Town All Activation Program, and Articulate Project Space, where we made a short film. In 2021, we are collaborating with Mudgee Readers Festival, Outback Writers in Dubbo and others. We also publish a Voices of Women podcast.

We are committed to breaking down barriers and presenting diverse stories and tales from all women in Australia, in particular First Nations stories, stories from culturally and linguistically diverse communities, from women living with disability and from LGBTQI+ communities. 

Read more at https://voiceswomen.com

Click on the link below to start your submission to 'entanglement', the writing competition for 2021. 


What is your story? Welcome to the fourth Voices of Women annual writing competition!

ENTANGLEMENT: What is this world in which we are entangled? 

How, where or when do we connect?

We invite all unpublished short monologues and narratives written in the first person. Winning entries receive $100 PLUS the stories will be read by professional actors in live and filmed performances around International Women's Month and other events. The stories may be selected for publishing on our podcast, published online with our partners, or form part of an international collaboration. 

Keep it short: 800 words maximum.

Keep it in the first person: the storyteller can be any character, but it needs to be the voice of a woman. It could be yourself or it could be a character you create. Think about why they are speaking alone and who they are speaking to. Are they speaking to themselves, or directly to the audience, or to another person – who could be in the room or not in the room? The ultimate objective is to help you draw out your authentic self; to support and strengthen your storytelling skills. 

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 'entanglement' in the story or make it the title of your story. It is an abstract provocation for creating your narrative.

What are we looking for?  We are looking for stories that an actor can bring to life - stories that are moving, immediate, funny, powerful, brave, dramatic, curious, quirky, beautiful, uplifting, devastating. 

Here are some ideas and themes you could consider around 'entanglement'.

What is this world that we are entangled in?
How, where or when do we connect?
Distance and togetherness
Deep connection or alienation
Change and growth
My place or my relationship to the natural universe
Struggle and/or freedom
Love and bonding
Loss and strength
Cultural exchange and culture clash

We are committed to breaking down barriers and 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.

We want to make sure everyone is included. If the entry fee is a barrier to you taking part, please get in touch with Lliane Clarke, monologue@optusnet.com.au and we will arrange support for you.

Closing date is 11.59pm EST, 2 February 2021. Late entries will not be accepted.

To enter, please complete this form. We look forward to reading your story! 

Find out out more about Voices of Women here.