Congratulations to the 2019 winners and runners up!

To read the successful entries head to the link below
2019 Blacktown Mayoral Creative Writing Prize Successful entries PDF

List of winners and runners up

Eloise Viera 8 – 11 years old Poetry Winner
Stefhanie Owen Wongso 8 – 11 years old Poetry Highly Commended
Abby Sheary 8 – 11 years old Short Story Winner
Maryam Bukhari 8 – 11 years old Short Story Highly Commended
Sanuli Heendeniya 12 – 14 years old Poetry Winner
Parth Patel 12 – 14 years old Poetry Highly Commended
Lana Goodall 12 – 14 years old Short Story Winner
Ajinkya Datir 12 – 14 years old Short Story Highly Commended
Tobey Lingayo 15 – 17 years old Poetry Winner
bhagya kaushal 15 – 17 years old Poetry Highly Commended
Janani Jeyamurugan 15 – 17 years old Short Story Winner
Farida Zaheer 15 – 17 years old Short Story Highly Commended
Bethany Evans Adult Poetry Winner
Sarah Cupitt Adult Poetry Highly Commended
Emily Ann Bolan Adult Short Story Winner
Svetlana Bhuyan Adult Short Story Highly Commended

The Mayoral Creative Writing Prize 2019 was open to adults and children (aged 8 to 17 years) who live in Blacktown city. Entries closed midnight, Sunday 29 September 2019.

All entries were either poetry or short stories. They were judged in the following age categories, 8 – 11 years, 12 – 14 years, 15 – 17 years and adult (18+).

The 2019 theme was: Language. Place. Story.

Judging
The works were judged on originality, structure, use of language, (including creative expression, grammar, sentence structure, punctuation and spelling) and the way participants developed characters, atmosphere, or setting or used words in a creative way.

Prizes

The total prize pool is $1,600. Winners aged 17 or younger will receive $100 and their school, if located in Blacktown City, will receive a corresponding $100 as an incentive to encourage the budding authors of our local area. Adult winners will receive $200.

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  –


Submission criteria

  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. Members of staff, members of Council, their partners and members of their immediate families are ineligible to enter this competition.
  5. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  6. All participants will receive a letter acknowledging the receipt of their entry and their participation.
  7. Submit entries with a completed entry form online.

Entries closed midnight, Sunday 29 September 2019.