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Competition guidelines and criteria
Welcome to the Mayoral Creative Writing Prize 2019. It is open to adults and children (aged 8 to 17 years) who live in Blacktown city. The poems and short stories must be works of fiction. Entries close midnight, Sunday 29 September 2019.

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

Language. Place. Story. You should weave stories of language and/or place into your short story or poem.

Your work will be judged on how original it is, how you have constructed your story or poem, the use of language, (including creative expression, grammar, sentence structure, punctuation and spelling) and the way you have developed characters, atmosphere, or setting or used words in a creative way.

It is critical that this work is original and not copied in any way. Copied work will be disqualified. An independent judging panel will assess all submissions.
For more information, please contact WestWords: Western Sydney’s Literature Development Organisation, on 8677 4815 or by email:


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  –


Announcement of the prize winners

The presentation ceremony will take place on Thursday 5 December 2019, at 6 pm. All winners and Highly Commended recipients will be invited to attend.


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 close midnight, Sunday 29 September 2019.