What's Your Story? Writing Competition

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15 July to 31 August 2021

Thank you to everyone who entered the 2021 What’s Your Story? Writing competition.

This competition has now closed and judging is underway. We wish all entrants the best of luck! We look forward to announcing the winning entries from each category at the launch of [untitled] Literary Festival on 18 November.

Category winners will be notified by phone or email in early November. 

About the competition

Held annually by Stonnington Libraries since 2012, What’s Your Story? celebrates creative writing and storytelling within the City of Stonnington.

Budding and experienced writers are encouraged to submit their stories, poems and creative writing.

The competition is open to Victorian residents over 18 years of age. We strongly encourage submissions from Stonnington residents and young people aged 5 to 18 years who live, go to school or work in Stonnington.

For more information, please refer to the Terms and Conditions in the Competition Summary(PDF, 358KB) or email libraryevents@stonnington.vic.gov.au.

Categories and Prizes

Poetry - Adult

For: Victorian residents over the age of 18 years.
Guidelines: Maximum 40 lines. 
Prize: $500 

Short Story - Adult

For: Victorian residents over the age of 18 years.
Guidelines: 1000 word limit. 
Prize: $500

Creative story writing, 5 to 12 years

For: Young people aged 5 to 12 years who live or go to school in Stonnington.
Guidelines: 500 word limit.  The entry can be fiction or inspired by real events experienced by the author.
Prize: $150 book voucher.

Creative story writing, 13 to 18 years

For: Young people aged 13 to 18 years who live, work or go to school in Stonnington.
Guidelines: 750 word limit.  The entry can be fiction or inspired by real events experienced by the author.
Prize: $250 book voucher.


Previous Winners

Meet the winners of the 2020 What’s Your Story? Writing competition.

Short story - Adult
Winner: Susannah Bell for Fifteen Pills(PDF, 424KB)

Poetry – Adult
Winner: Richenda Rudman for Red Cellophane Sky(PDF, 378KB)  

Creative story writing - 5 to 12 years old
Winner: Oas Kulkarni for The Crayon and the Paper

Creative story writing - 13 to 18 years old
Winner: Jiarah Yadav for B is for Bad Hair Day(PDF, 180KB)