We here at WestWords are incredibly excited to announce the regional winners and highly commended entries from the 14 participating LGAs in this year’s Living Stories Western Sydney Writing Prize.

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!

Total prize pool of over $10,000
Regional (awarded in each participating LGA)
Winners: Adult – $300, Junior categories – $100
Highly Commended: Adult – $100 cash, Junior categories $50

Click on the suburb to see the winners and highly commendeds!


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

Join us on Monday 18th July, 10.30am at 4 Parramatta Square. (Between Darcy St &, Macquarie St, Parramatta NSW 2150 “Parramatta Square Business and Event Centre”) for the official launch of the Living Stories Things Unsaid publication, and the announcement of the overall winners. All regional winners and highly commended recipients are encouraged to be there! RSVP HERE.

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.