2018 Mayoral Creative Writing Prize

 The Mayoral Creative Writing Prize is an annual creative writing prize open to adults and children between the ages of 8-17 years who live in Blacktown LGA.

All entries to the competition must be works of fictions and can be either poetry or short stories. The theme is: I read. You can write about this in your work or include the words themselves in your writing.

Click here to submit.

An independent judging panel will assess all submissions. Your work will be judged on its originality, structure, expression, character development, the atmosphere or setting and creativity. The judging will also consider your use of language including grammar, punctuation, sentence structure and spelling.

The works will be judged in the following age categories:

Age                     Categories          Prize          School prize

8 -11 years            Poetry                  $100             $100

——–                   Short Story          $100            $100


12-14 years          Poetry                  $100             $100

————–         Short Story          $100             $100

15-17 years          Poetry                  $100              $100

————–        Short Story          $100             $100

————–        Adult Poetry        $200            –

————–        Short Story          $200             –

Any plagiarism found will immediately disqualify you from the competitions.

The total prize pool is $1,600. $100 will be awarded to winners aged 17 or younger. If their school is in the Blacktown City region then they will receive a corresponding $100 as incentive to encourage the budding authors of our local area. Adult winners will receive $200.

Submission criteria as follows:

1. The work must be original and completed in the last 6 months.
Entries can be either:
• poem, maximum of 25 lines
• short story, maximum of 500 words.

2. Only one entry per person is permitted in each category.

3. Each entry must have one entry per online form.

4. Each page must have a footer including:
• page number
• title of work
• name of entrant.

5. All winning entries will be published by Council and all entries will be placed in the library’s local history collection.

6. Members of staff, members of Council, their partners and members of their immediate families are ineligible to enter this competition.

7. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

8. All participants will receive a certificate of participation. A presentation ceremony will be held on Thursday 29 November 2018, where the winners will be announced.

9. Submit entries with a completed entry form here.

Entries close midnight, Sunday 30 September. 

All questions regarding applications can be sent to admin@westwords.com.au.