Rhiza Edge Short Story Competition

What do you have to do?

Write a creative and exciting story that engages with our themes. Word count to be between 2000 and 5000 words.

These stories are to be fictional and appropriate for teens through to adults to read (12+ stories). This means limited swearing, stories that will be able to sell to schools. Please age and voice your characters appropriately.

Submission details for the Cultural Diversity theme for 2022 are as follows.


Cultural Diversity

Info about theme

The soil you’re born from and the soil you connect with; we’re looking for amazing stories of cultural diversity that not only have an incredible story to tell but impress on readers amazing aspects of different cultures. Though we expect stories will reference religion and different religious aspects from diverse cultures, please note that this collection will focus more on the physical connection to culture rather than a spiritual one. Australia is an ever-growing country of diversity, with people from all walks of life and blended cultures; what’s a story about your culture that you wish to tell?


Things to consider:

  • Keep them clean and appropriate.
  • Fantasy, contemporary drama, historical and science-fiction are all acceptable genres. We are not looking for romance.
  • We are looking for teen and adult writers alike and will edit the best concepts to improve stories.
  • We are looking for a holistic collection so stories that fit the theme the most and then gel with the rest of collection will be the most likely chosen.
  • Stories must suit all students in high school, which means age 12, and up,
  • Stories can be designed to provoke thought around the Australian curriculum.

The Cultural Diversity collection is to be edited by ___

Competition prize:

Up to 17 stories from each theme will be shortlisted and included in the books, X and X. Winning entrants will each receive a complimentary copy of the book at publication and either a $50.00 credit with Wombat|Rhiza, or $50.00 cash.

Competition entry fee: there is none!

This year’s Rhiza Edge Short Story Competitions are free entry, for both themes. All we ask is that you please adhere to our requirements and terms and conditions.


Email your entry (story attached as a Word DOC file) with your name, phone, email address, postal address and title of story in the body of the email. Stories are copyright to you. Selected stories will receive an agreement for use of their work in the collection.

Please send your entries with all details to website@wombatrhiza.com.au

Please also note that incomplete entries will not be considered.

Entries for the Cultural Diversity theme close on September 1st, 2022, 23:59:59


Need inspiration?

Our two competitions in 2020 have led to 27 authors being included in two different collections forthcoming for 2021. And our competition from 2021 included 16 authors! Crossed Spaces was released in March 2021 if you would like to see what stories we loved!

Crossed Spaces     |     The Opposite of Disappearing     |     Dust Makers


Terms and Conditions

All short stories will be reviewed confidentially.

Short stories that are selected will undergo an extensive publishing/editing process to be prepared for the book

All selected short stories are requested as exclusive for two years in the collection, but non-exclusive after that for the duration the book is in publication.

The judges’s (publishing team at Rhiza Edge) decisions will be final, and no negotiations will be entered into. Feedback cannot be given on stories not selected.

Any Australian author published or unpublished can enter. Authors previously published with Wombat Books/Rhiza Edge are also eligible.

The story collection is chosen not only based on the best stories or best ideas, but the way the collection will end up working as a whole.

A story may be re-entered into a future competition with no entry fee if it fits the new theme.

All personal details are protected and unselected stories will be deleted after selection is finalised.


You can find a full version of our Terms and Conditions for each competition here: