The Publication Launch has booked out! If you have been in contact, or have had issues RSVP-ing, this is why. Unfortunately, with venue and COVID-capacity restrictions, we are unable to raise capacity for this event.

If you missed out on an RSVP — please email me and I will add you to the waitlist!

Additionally, we will be live-streaming the event for those who missed out on an RSVP. You will be able to watch the event live via this link:
10.30am. July 18th.


For those who haven’t been to the venue before, we just wanted to include some helpful information on how to get there.

If looking on google maps, the building is: 4 Parramatta Square. Between Darcy St &, Macquarie St, Parramatta NSW 2150
Name: “Parramatta Square Business and Event Centre” (Formerly known as the Chamber of Commerce)

If arriving by foot: 6 Darcy St, Parramatta, is the entry into the building we recommend.
The elevators are on the right. The event space is on level 2.

The building is right next to the train station.


Join us on Monday 18th July, 10.30am at the Parramatta Chamber of Commerce, for the official launch of the Living Stories Things Unsaid publication, and the announcement of the overall winners for the Living Stories Western Sydney Writing Prize. All regional winners and highly commended recipients are encouraged to be there!

Over 40 writing workshops were delivered in conjunction with WestLit libraries, after which WestWords welcomed 500-word entries; poems, short stories or personal essays; from entrants 10 years and older, based on the theme: Things Unsaid. Judges from each local community were brought together to select the regional winners and highly commended for each category.

SHORT STORY or POEM. 10 – 12 years; 13 – 15 years; 16 – 18 years; and adults (18+).

Each regional winner & highly commended entry receives a cash prize – as well as the publication of their work in the upcoming Things Unsaid book!

The winners from each LGA now go on to compete for the overall winner’s prizes.

Winner: Adult – $1,000, Junior categories – $500
Highly Commended: Adult – $500, Junior categories – $250

Thank you to all the participating library services, and our sponsor for the 10-12 ages Booktopia, and our sponsor for the 16-18+ ages Australian Catholic University.