What's Your Story? Writing Competition

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1 June – 31 July 2024

Stonnington Libraries' premier annual writing competition is back!  Start writing because the 2024 What’s Your Story? Writing competition is here.

The competition, from 1 June to 31 July, celebrates creative writing and storytelling within our community.  There are some great prizes to be won, so start writing now to enter!

Works can be fiction or non-fiction, based on any theme, but must be original and previously unpublished.

To enter the short story and poetry categories you need to be 18 years and older and living in Victoria, while young people aged 5 to 17 years, who live, go to school or work in Stonnington, are invited to enter one of three creative writing categories. You can enter more than one category, however there is a maximum of one entry per category.

Please read the full What's Your Story? Writing Competition Terms and Conditions(PDF, 369KB) before entering.

Categories and prizes:
Theme: Open
Entry fee: Free

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

Enter your story

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

Enter your poem

Creative writing – 5 to 8 years old
For: Young people aged 5 to 8 years who live or go to school in Stonnington.
Guidelines: 300 to 500 word limit.  The entry can be fiction or inspired by real events experienced by the author.
Prize: $100 book voucher

Enter your story

Creative writing – 9 to 12 years old
For: Young people aged 9 to 12 years who live or go to school in Stonnington.
Guidelines: 500 to 750 word limit.  The entry can be fiction or inspired by real events experienced by the author.
Prize: $200 book voucher

Enter your story

Creative writing – 13 to 17 years old
For: Young people aged 13 to 17 years who live, work or go to school in Stonnington.
Guidelines: 750 to 900 word limit.  The entry can be fiction or inspired by real events experienced by the author.
Prize: $300 book voucher

Enter your story


Previous Winners

Meet the winners of the 2022 and 2023 What’s Your Story? Writing competition.

Short story - Adult

2023: Poppy Wfor A Void(PDF, 110KB)
2022: Emily M for The Visitor(PDF, 69KB)

Poetry – Adult

2023: Jessica Sfor Hustle(PDF, 74KB)
2022: Tiffany K for Vili Mai(PDF, 56KB)

Creative writing - 5 to 8 years old

2023: Grace Mfor Moonstone: The last piece(PDF, 144KB) 
2022: Francesca for The Bad Strawberry(PDF, 220KB)

Creative writing -  9 to 12 years old

2023: Awit Rfor The Flower(PDF, 7MB)
2022: Maddie for The glowing red eyes(PDF, 53KB)

Creative writing - 13 to 17 years old

2023: Poppy H for The Bad Place(PDF, 83KB)
2022: Rakshan for Beneath the mask(PDF, 56KB)