Offered by the Bulletin with cash prizes of first prize of £5OO and two of £2OO between them. Further, stories that didn't win a prize may have been regarded as worthy of serial publication. Competitors could enter more than one story. Each entry had to have its own nom-de-plume.
'The setting of "No Escape" is a small township in New South Wales, once a goldminers' paradise, now the unprogressive centre of a pastoral district. An Italian doctor named Leo Gherardi, settled there with his wife Teresa and their small son Leo, had been forced to leave Italy for political reasons just at the beginning of a promising career in medicine. His wife in accompanying him temporarily gave up a brilliant future on the concert platform. But both were convinced that absence from their beloved Italy would only be an unpleasant interlude during which they would save money to have Leo's case reviewed and his sentence annulled. This hope alone buoyed them up when they began life in the township of Banton.'
'An Italian Doctor's Life in Australia', The Sydney Morning Herald, 8 April 1932, p.4.