The Blacktown Mayoral Creative Writing Prize 2021 was open to adults and children who live in Blacktown city. Entrants wrote a short story or poem responding to the theme of The only way is… The total prize pool was $1,600.

The Mayoral Creative Writing Prize is a chance to showcase and foster the talents of Blacktown City’s aspiring writers. Blacktown City Council introduced the competition following the National Year of Reading in 2012 to celebrate the stories of Western Sydney.

In its 10-year history, the Prize has encouraged children, teenagers and adults from Blacktown City to embrace their inner writer. Since its inception, the competition has grown significantly, attracting hundreds of entries each year. The works were judged on originality, the construction of the story or poem, the use of language, (including creative expression, grammar, sentence structure, punctuation and spelling) and the way characters, atmosphere or setting was developed, or used words in a creative way.

Congratulations to the winners and the commended writers, and thank you to everyone who contributed. It takes real courage to hand your words and ideas over to strangers to… well, judge. But it’s also something of a thrill. So if you are reading this and wishing you’d had the courage to enter, we’ll be back in 2022.

Below, in the electronic version of the book you will find the list of winners and highly commended along with all their stories and poems. Read them. Be inspired and enjoy!

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