Rhiza Press Short Story Submissions

cover2.jpg Your story could be a part of this anthology.

What do you have to do?

Write a creative and exciting story that engages with our theme. 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 both the Biblical Fiction theme, Through Their Eyes, for 2022 are as follows.

Biblical Fiction

We’re looking for interesting explorations of biblical fiction, including aspects of historical fiction, and encourage participants to write about the more ‘unusual’ parts of biblical history to create unique stories.


Things to consider:

  • Keep them clean and appropriate.
  • 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,

This collection is to be edited by Cindy Williams and Amanda Deed.


Entry prize:

Up to 17 stories will be shortlisted and included in the anthology Through Their Eyes. Successful entrants will each receive a complimentary copy of the book at publication and a $50.00 credit with Wombat|Rhiza.

Entry fee: there is none!

This year’s Rhiza Press Short Story Submissions are free entry. All we ask is that you please adhere to our requirements and terms and conditions.

Check out books by the authors who are the editors of this collection to find out more of what we might like!

Christian Fiction Collection as Inspiration


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 [email protected]

Please also note that incomplete entries will not be considered.

Entries for the Biblical Fiction theme close on September 1st, 2022, 23:59:59


Need inspiration?

Our two short story anthologies 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 and the Opposite of Disappearing in August 2021 if you would like to see what stories we loved! Dust Makers can be preordered for Mid 2022.

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 Press) 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 and Rhiza Press 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.

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 here.