Fisher’s Ghost Writing Prize 2022

A Voice from the Shadows


2022 Judging guidelines and criteria
Word limit: 500 words or, for poetry, 25 lines (excluding the title).
Entries were judged in the following categories: School grades 4-6, 7-9, 10-12 and Adult.
Work was judged on:

  • originality and creativity,
  • construction and use of language,
  • engagement with the stated theme, A Voice from the Shadows.

All submitted work must be original.
An independent judging panel will assess all submissions.
A winner and highly commended will be awarded in each age category. Winners will be announced at the presentation ceremony.
Members of staff, members of Council, their partners and members of their immediate families are ineligible to enter this competition.
The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
For more information, please contact WestWords: Western Sydney’s Literature Development Organisation, on 


Congratulations to the winners and highly commended recipients of the 2022 Fisher’s Ghost Writing Prize!

View the publication here

Adult: Winner $300, Highly Commended $100
School Students: In each category (Years 10-12, Years 7-9, Years 4-6)
Winner $100, Highly  Commended $50
We’re very excited for this year’s publication to be launched at the Campbelltown City Library ! Fisher’s Ghost has inspired some truly rich, tense and beautiful local prose and poetry. We can’t wait for you all to read it!

The 2022 Fisher’s Ghost Writing Prize was open to adults and children in Grade 4 and above, who live, or go to school, in Campbelltown City. Entries can be in the form of short story, narrative non-fiction, memoir or poetry.


Presented in partnership with
Campbelltown City Council


We’d like to thank this year’s judges: Luke Carman, Brittany Searle, Ally Burnham and Scarlett Saunders.