For Pity Sake Publishing

Creative Writing Competition


Winners will be announced in the first week of December, stay tuned for more details!


At For Pity Sake, we believe in writers! This October, we’re launching a new project to give local authors of poetry and short stories a chance to showcase their work. The For Pity Sake writing competition is a new endeavour from our boutique publishing house that aims to encourage and support authors of all shapes and sizes to explore their creative potential and earn acclaim for their works.

The competition opens on the 1st of October, with all entries to be submitted by midnight on the 15th of November. We will be accepting submissions of short stories up to 2,000 words in length, and poetry up to 140 lines. All submissions must adhere to the theme, which, in honour of this new endeavour by For Pity Sake Publishing, is New Beginnings.

Terms and Conditions:

So if you’re ready to take the plunge, here are the Terms and Conditions of entry.

  • Submissions must be relevant to theme of New Beginnings. 
  • Submissions must be in PDF format with word/line count attached
  • Short stories must be no longer than 2,000 words in length
  • Poetry must be no longer than 140 lines
  • All submissions will be run through a plagiarism checker, and must be the sole work of the submitting author
  • Submissions cannot have been published elsewhere, and applicant must own any and all rights to work
  • Submissions deemed racist, gratuitously offensive or discriminatory, or that constitute as hard-core pornography or any other material that would be considered unacceptable to general community standards will not be accepted
  • Submissions must include contact details of applicant (email address and phone number)
  • All files submitted must include the authors name and the title of the piece


Submissions will be judged by the word-lovers that make up the For Pity Sake Publishing team, the successful applicants will have the chance to win the following prizes:

  • First Prize:
  • Winning short story or poem published on the For Pity Sake website,
  • A free appraisal and a 50% discount on any future manuscript appraisal the winner may wish to submit to For Pity Sake Publishing.
  • A comprehensive For Pity Sake Publishing book pack of all of our published titles!
  • Second Prize:
  • Winning submission published on the For Pity Sake website
  • A free appraisal of the submission work.
  • Two latest For Pity Sake titles, The Swan Island Connection by Dorothy Johnston, and The Last Double Sunrise by Peter Yeldham.
  • Third Prize:
  • Winning story or poem published on the For Pity Sake website
  • A copy Peter Yeldham’s The Last Double Sunrise.




For Pity Sake Publishing is thrilled to launch this new endeavour to encourage new creative writing talent! We can’t wait to see what you have to show us, so get writing and make sure to submit your work before the 15th of November. Winners will be announced in the first week of December.