***Entries are now closed. Overall winners and highly commended will be announced on July 18th, 2022.

Living Stories Western Sydney Writing Prize 2022
Presented by WestWords and WestLit Libraries

The Living Stories Western Sydney Writing Prize is a creative writing competition for residents of Western Sydney and Wingecarribee Shire, which is home to over 2.5 million Australians originating from 180 countries, speaking almost 100 different languages, and residing in 14 local government areas.

The past two years have changed the world, and it has changed our experience of it. At times the world has got smaller when we didn’t venture out our front doors. Much we took for granted was lost. We reevaluated our lives on so many levels. We discovered new things about ourselves, about others, and yet so many things have been left unsaid.

Living stories is your opportunity to share your story. If you are 10 years or older we want your piece of writing responding to the theme Things Unsaid.


Your poem, story or personal essay (500 words maximum) will be judged by panels drawn from your local community. The winners from each LGA will go to a second panel to vie for the top prize.

Total prize pool of over $10,000
Winner: Adult – $1,000, Junior categories – $500
Highly Commended: Adult – $500, Junior categories – $250

Regional (awarded in each participating LGA)
Winners: Adult – $300, Junior categories – $100
Highly Commended: Adult – $100 cash, Junior categories $50

Categories are as follows: 10 – 12 years; 13 – 15 years; 16 – 18 years; and adults (18+). 

Free Living Stories workshops
In conjunction with the competition WestWords will be running in excess of 40 free writing workshops in locations across the region. We also have some workshops online if you can’t make it in person.
Click here for more information

Click here for Living Stories T&Cs and selection criteria


Winners and highly commended entries in each category, from each LGA, will be announced at the end of May/early June

The overall winners will be announced late June/early July.

For more information, please contact us on 1800 WESTWORDS or by email: admin@westwords.com.au

Entries closed midnight, Sunday 1st May 2022.