What's Your Story? Writing Competition

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What’s Your Story? is a writing competition presented by Stonnington Library and Information Service as part of the annual literary festival, [untitled]: our writers, readers and stories.  

The competition closed on 31 August 2022 and winners were announced on Friday 18 November 2022. 

Congratulations to the winners and to everyone who entered the competition:

Short story - Adult

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

Winner: Emily Murphy for The Visitor(PDF, 69KB)

Emily’s story about a visit to a fading loved one, was praised by judges for its strong structure, vivid writing, and poignant twist.

Poetry – Adult

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

Winner: Tiffany Korssen for Vili Mai(PDF, 56KB)

Tiffany’s poem was commended by judges for its rich use of language and imagery and strong emotional pull.

Creative story writing - 5 to 8 years old

For: Young people aged 5 to 8 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: $100 book voucher.

Winner: Francesca for The Bad Strawberry(PDF, 220KB)

Francesca’s delightfully whimsical story, along with illustrations, word play and rhyme, was praised by judges.

Creative story writing -  9 to 12 years old

For: Young people aged 9 to 12 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: $200 book voucher.

Winner: Maddie for The glowing red eyes(PDF, 53KB)

Maddie’s story was commended by judges for its suspenseful writing and surprise twist.

Creative story writing - 13 to 17 years old

For: Students aged 13 to 17 years who live, work or go to school in Stonnington.
Guidelines: 900 word limit.  The entry can be fiction or inspired by real events experienced by the author.
Prize: $300 book voucher.

Winner: Rakshan for Beneath the mask(PDF, 56KB)

Beneath the mask wowed the judges for its depth and maturity.


Previous Winners

Meet the winners of the 2021 What’s Your Story? Writing competition.

Short story - Adult
Winner: Tiffany Korssen for Counting Pink Planes

Poetry – Adult
Winner: Joe Nuttall for Salvage

Creative story writing - 5 to 12 years old
Winner: Rupert for Just a Few Fins

Creative story writing - 13 to 18 years old
Winner: Poppy for Finding Today