2020 Blacktown Mayoral Creative Writing Prize

Competition guidelines and criteria
Welcome to the Mayoral Creative Writing Prize 2020. 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.

Categories
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+).

Theme
The whole world
at home.

HOME.
It used to be where we came back to after work. After school. A place of family. A place for relaxation.
BUT THEN 2020 HAPPENED.
And suddenly the whole world was at home.
And, at least for a while, home was our entire world
as, through our screens, we entered the homes, and the worlds, of strangers.

Judging
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: admin@westwords.com.au

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          –

Announcement of the prize winners
The presentation ceremony will take place on Thursday 3 December 2020 at 6 pm to 7 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 recognising their participation. A presentation ceremony will be held on Thursday 3 December 2020 at 6 pm to 7 pm, where the winners will be announced.
7. Submit entries with a completed entry form online.


Application form: