2021 Living Stories prize

1. Overview

2021 Living Stories prize  

2021 Living Stories Western Sydney Writing Prize

The 2021 Living Stories Western Sydney Writing Prize is open to adults and children, who live in Blacktown city.

Entries close midnight, Sunday 2 May 2021. Winners and highly commended writers will be announced 29 May 2021.

Entries can only be submitted online through www.westwords.com.au/living-stories

The winners’ entries will then be judged against the winners in other Western Sydney local government areas to find the best writer in Western Sydney. The winners for Western Sydney will be announced on 30 June.

2. Competition guidelines and criteria

Welcome to the 2021 Living Stories Western Sydney Writing Prize. It is open to adults and children (aged 10 to 17 years) who live in Blacktown city. Entries maybe in the form of short story, poetry or personal essay, no more than 500 words.

Categories

They will be judged in the following age categories, 10 - 12 years, 13 - 15 years, 16 - 18 years and adult (18+).

Theme

Are we here yet?

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 1800WESTWORDS or by email: admin@westwords.com.au.

3. Prizes

Age Categories Prize

10 -12 years

Winner

$100

Highly Commended

$50

13-15 years

Winner

$100

Highly Commended

$50

16-18 years

Winner

$100

Highly Commended

$50

Adult

Winner

$300

Highly Commended

$100

4. Submission criteria

  1. The work must be original and completed in the last 6 months.
    Entries can only be 500 words, excluding title. It can be:
    • poem,
    • short story
    • personal essay
  2. Each entry must have one entry per online form.
  3. The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.