Do you guys love writing an #8WordStory, or what?

Already we have read more than a thousand of your stories, both here and on Twitter, and we want to see even more! But we thought we would take some time to talk you through the process of how a story can make its way from your head to a billboard so you know what to look out for.

We are collecting entries both here and on Twitter. There’s no need to post your story to both (unless you want to of course), we’ll catch it either way.

16th October – 29th October

Billboards to raise awareness of the project and to present some examples of stories from writers and other people we have directly approached prior to the campaign launch. These stories have been selected to inspire, entertain and to encourage as many people as possible to get involved and get writing.

30th October – 24th November

Each week, QWC staff will select a longlist from all the entries. The longlist may be up to 60 stories.

From the longlist, our judge will choose a weekly top 20 to run on weekdays at peak times:

  • 10 stories run in the morning (5:00 – 10:00)
  • The other 10 stories run in the evening (3:00 – 7:00)

If we have contact details for you (email or Twitter handle), we will be in touch to let you know if your story has made the weekly top 20.

At non-peak times and weekends we will run stories from the rest of the longlist, so even if you don’t hear from us, you may want to keep your eyes peeled if you’re in and around Brisbane. If you’re not, you can still check out a live feed from goa Billboards (Internet Explorer only).

Who’s judging?

Nick Earls writes long, short and medium-sized fiction, so far tallying 26 books for adults, teenagers and children. He is the winner of a number of awards, including a Betty Trask Award (UK) and Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award. His Wisdom Tree novellas have won gold medals in the Independent Publisher Book Awards and the eLit Book Awards in the US, the People’s Choice Award at the 2017 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and an Australian Book Design Award. His novels have appeared on bestseller lists in Australia, the UK and the Amazon Kindle Store.