2020 Mayoral Creative Writing Prize

Mayoral Creative Writing prize

1. Overview

The 2020 Mayoral Creative Writing Prize is open to adults and children aged 8 years and above, who live in Blacktown city.

Entries close midnight, Sunday 27 September 2020. Winners will be announced at the presentation ceremony.

Presentation date: Thursday 3 December 2020 at 6 pm to 7 pm.

Venue: Max Webber Library Function Centre

Entries can only be submitted online (entries available after 1 June 2020).

2. Competition guidelines and criteria

Welcome to the Mayoral Creative Writing Prize 2020. It is open to adults and children (aged 8 to 17 years) who live in Blacktown city. The poems and short stories must be works of fiction.

Categories

All entries can be either poetry or short stories. They will be judged in the following age categories, 8 - 11 years, 12 - 14 years, 15 - 17 years and adult (18+).

Theme

The whole world at home

Judging

Your work will be judged on how original it is, how you have constructed your story or poem, the use of language, (including creative expression, grammar, sentence structure, punctuation and spelling) and the way you have developed characters, atmosphere, or setting or used words in a creative way.

It is critical that this work is original and not copied in any way. Copied work will be disqualified. An independent judging panel will assess all submissions.

For more information, please contact WestWords: Western Sydney's Literature Development Organisation, on 8677 4815 or by email: admin@westwords.com.au.

3. Prizes

The total prize pool is $1,600. Winners aged 17 or younger will receive $100 and their school, if located in Blacktown City, will receive a corresponding $100 as an incentive to encourage the budding authors of our local area. Adult winners will receive $200.

Age Categories Prize School prize

8 -11 years

Poetry

$100

$100

Short Story

$100

$100

12-14 years

Poetry

$100

$100

Short Story

$100

$100

15-17 years

Poetry

$100

$100

Short Story

$100

$100

Adult

Poetry

$200

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Short Story

$200

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Announcement of the prize winners

The presentation ceremony will take place on Thursday 3 December 2020, at 6 pm. All winners and highly commended recipients will be invited to attend.

4. Submission criteria

  1. The work must be original and completed in the last 6 months.
    Entries can be either:

    • poem, maximum of 25 lines

    • short story, maximum of 500 words.

  2. Only one entry per person is permitted in each category.

  3. Each entry must have one entry per online form.

  4. Members of staff, members of Council, their partners and members of their immediate families are ineligible to enter this competition.

  5. The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

  6. All participants will receive a letter acknowledging the receipt of their entry and their participation. A presentation ceremony will be held on Thursday 3 December 2020, where the winners will be announced.

Submit entries with a completed entry form online  (entries available after 1 June 2020).

5. List of 2019 winners and highly commended writers

Congratulations to the 2019 Mayoral Creative Writing Prize winners and highly commended writers.

Eloise Viera

8 - 11 years old

Poetry

Winner

Stefhanie Owen Wongso

8 - 11 years old

Poetry

Highly Commended

Abby Sheary

8 - 11 years old

Short Story

Winner

Maryam Bukhari

8 - 11 years old

Short Story

Highly Commended

Sanuli Heendeniya

12- 14 years old

Poetry

Winner

Parth Patel

12 - 14 years old

Poetry

Highly Commended

Lana Goodall

12 - 14 years old

Short Story

Winner

Ajinkya Datir

12 - 14 years old

Short Story

Highly Commended

Tobey Lingayo

15 - 17 years old

Poetry

Winner

Bhagya Kaushal

15 - 17 years old

Poetry

Highly Commended

Janani Jeyamurugan

15 - 17 years old

Short Story

Winner

Farida Zaheer

15 - 17 years old

Short Story

Highly Commended

Bethany Evans

Adult

Poetry

Winner

Sarah Cupitt

Adult

Poetry

Highly Commended

Emily Ann Bolan

Adult

Short Story

Winner

Svetlana Bhuyan

Adult

Short Story

Highly Commended

The prize winners from the 2019 Mayoral Creative Writing Prize are available to download here(PDF, 776KB).