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Dec 02, 2017: The success of our participants

Dear valued writers:


At the Atlantis Short Story Contest, we love stories. We support writers in developing their craft

and improving their publishing acumen through perceptive and individual feedback providing practical

advice. On top of that, we assist winning participants in terms of manuscript editing and promotion in cooperation with

our partners. Mentioned in the Poets & Writers Magazine and The Writer Magazine, the Atlantis Short Story Contest

enables professional development and exploration of creativity, advancing the recognition of writers from around the globe,

whatever your level of experience and ambition.


Without further ado, we are honored to let the voice of success speak for our writers:


Latest success stories of our former winning participants

Dan lives in a tiny country town on the west coast of Australia, where the red-sand desert is full of lizards that bleed
from their eyes and sea turtles litter the white sand beaches with hundreds of thousands of eggs. He’s won a few
short story contests through his writing group, “Needle in the Hay,” but in 2017 he has focussed on completing
an Honours degree in creative writing and independently publishing several digital novels.


Daniel NorrishDaniel NorrishThe novel he most enjoyed writing, “Accidental Exposure,” follows a family that is devastated by a horrible car accident. As each member battles to recover both mentally and physically from the terrible crash, they realise that the people they love are lying to them; they’ll never be the same when the truth is accidentally exposed.

Take a look at his work here:

Or click over to his Amazon page here:


His 2016 winning entry "A Certain Type of Artist. The True Story of Moondyne Joe. (creative non-fiction)"

can be read here (as well as his 2014 winning entry and highly commended read entitled "You").



Israela Margalit is a critically-acclaimed playwright, television writer, concert pianist, recording artist,
and recently a published author of short fiction and creative nonfiction, with awards or honors in all categories.

Learn more about Israela on her website:

Her fabulous entry "California King Size"* in the Atlantis Short Story Contest 2016 can be read here.

*First Published in Vine Leaves Literary Journal November 2017. Finalist, the Glimmer Train Press Short Story Competition.


Stephan Ward is a writer from Melbourne, Australia. His short stories are concerned with an outsider’s search for
identity and meaning and combine realism, humour and philosophical musings.  His story ‘Climb,’ will be
published in the upcoming fall edition of Open Minds Quarterly Magazine. His story, ‘Nature Strip’ was
finalist in The Atlantis Short Story Contest 2015 and ‘Vat 69’ won 2nd place in The My Brother Jack Awards 2016.
It can be read for free here:

His fascinating 2015 entry "Nature Strip" in the Atlantis Short Story Contest 2015 can be read here.


Mara Blazic's short story 'Bionic Girl' has been selected for publication in the U.K.'s 2017 Bath Short Story Award Anthology. The competition received 1,100 submissions from 45 countries and selected 18 for the anthology.
Everything about the book can be found on their website:

The same story was also in the top 50 in the Bristol Short Story Prize in the U.K.
It was a 'notable contender' for that contest's long list. The contest received 2,000 entries.

Her submission titled "French Toast In Suburbija" became a winning entry in the Atlantis Short Story Contest 2016.




Apart from that, we would like to say that we partnered up and are happy to help promote
three contests (please note: the MIR is UK-only):


Visit the ARDOR Literary Magazine for poetry contests!



The MIR is taking submissions of short fiction and flash fiction for our 15th anthology

from any UK based author:



The CWA Margery Allingham Short Story competition accepts submissions for an unpublishedmystery story

under 3,500 words. Deadline 28 Feb 2018.


The 26th annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest welcomes submissions for

stories and essays on any theme, up to 6,000 words each. Deadline: 30 April 2018.


The American Short(er) Fiction Prize Is Now Open for Submissions.
Deadline: February 01, 2018. Short fiction under 1,000 words.


-The International Atlantis Short Story Contest




The Atlantis Short Story Contest's winning participant Edmund Jonah managed to have
his novel published. YESHUA! is an outstanding literary piece that proves one more time
that the law of hard work is no secret. By carefully adding bits of the story's skeleton and 
revising them with exceptional perseverance and dedication, Edmund Jonah surely rendered 
a work worth to take a look at. 
Grab your copy here !

YESHUA! is a re-creation of the life of Jesus, from a new and unique perspective. 
Set in Roman-occupied Israel, it places the charismatic preacher in the political context of that 
turbulent time when Messiahs sprouted like mushrooms after rain! We meet on terms of great 
intimacy the people who fashioned his mind and personality:

YOSEPH, his kind and beloved father, brutally killed by the Romans;
MIRIAM, his practical mother, who is unable to understand her firstborn;
YACOV, the brother who resents him but appreciates his knowledge;
 YOSSI, the brother who adores him but cannot accept his philosophy;
YOCHANAN THE DIPPER, who leads him into the central drama of his life;
MIRIAM OF MAGDALA, who loves him passionately but cannot possess him;
SIMON PETER, whose loyalty to him is put to the extreme challenge;
CAIUS, the Centurion who befriends him and then must execute him;
PONTIUS PILATE, the Roman Governor, who convicts him, thus sweeping this epic to its powerful and startling conclusion. 

Selected reviews:
“Edmund Jonah has created a spellbinding masterpiece. “YESHUA!” begins with a young 
Jesus who grows into the dynamic force that created Christendom and changed the world irrevocably. 
Jonah, an Israeli, knows his topic in breathtaking detail, blending his own writing with scriptural 
writings into a thoroughly believable narrative. Dramatically and effectively woven into the story 
is the on-going political and violent tension between the Jews and the Romans, in the midst of which 
this man comes to vibrant, thrilling life. “YESHUA!” is historical fiction at its best.”
   -Andrew O'Hara, Jimston Journal, USA.

 “Yeshua!’s” greatest strength is that it requires the reader to think about the very foundation stone 
of his moral and spiritual culture and accept that it has no real supernatural basis; that the Messiah was not, 
in any sense, what Western culture understands. This is a quietly corrosive attack, like the sea, and therefore, 
something deep inside the Westerner is alarmed by it. This quality will one day make it an important book.
   -Conor Corderoy, Agent &Author, U.K.

About the author:

The author was born in Calcutta, India, the second of two sons of Iraqi Jewish origin, and educated by 
Belgian and Canadian Jesuit priests from whom he got his interest in Jesus. He moved to London, England at 
the age of 22; then 10 years later to Tel Aviv, Israel, where he now lives.

The figure of the Christianized Jew fascinated him and this book is a labour of love that took more than three 
decades to bring to as close as he hoped it would be.

He has taken two courses in creative writing, one in London and one in Israel. He lectures very successfully 
on “Yeshua ben Yosef, the Jew who became the God of the Christians – How did it happen?” The lecture 
enlarges on the scope of the book by explaining how Christianity really got started.

He has had several stories, poems and articles published, as far afield as in Canada, New Zealand, India, 
U.K. the USA and Israel. 





                                                               DECEMBER 01, 2014



With Christmas closing in, what could be better than curling up with a good

book reflecting that cordiality we all cherish at this time of the year.

After all, isn't Christmas a dive into the real realms of familiarity, joviality,

and tranquility?


If there's one way to tap into our memory and bathe in moments when we

were children, it is reading a book. Only literature is able to conjure our good ol'

memories, as it eternalizes memorable moments, ideas, and emotions,

stirring our fantasy.



     Participant Beattie Alvarez is the editor of Once Upon A Christmas featuring a magical Christmas mix of stories, poems, memoirs and

     illustrations from some of Australia's favourite children's authors and illustrators, as well as emerging new talent, and some special guests

     from overseas. From the funny to the ghostly, fantasy to adventure, from peace and love to action and the unexpected, from recipes to

     carols, whether you dip in or devour, read aloud or read under the covers, there's something in this beautiful lavish book for everyone to enjoy.  

     Featuring Duncan Ball, Ursula Dubosarsky, Kate Forsyth, Sally Rippin, Susanne Gervay, Michael Pryor, Kim Gamble, Stephen Axelsen,

     Pamela Freeman, Libby Hathorn, Nette Hilton, Juliet Marillier, Adele Geras-and many many more fantastic authors and illustrators! Christmas

     Press will donate a percentage of the proceeds from this book to Room to Read, an innovative global non-profit which seeks to transform the  

     lives of millions of children in ten developing countries in Asia and Africa by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education.' 


     It is available online, but not through Amazon. You can find it at:!/Once-Upon-a-Christmas/p/43536909/category=8815609