Living Stories Western Sydney Writing Prize 2021
Presented by WestWords and WestLit Libraries

The Living Stories Western Sydney Writing Prize is a new creative writing competition for residents of Western Sydney, which is home to 2.5 million Australians originating from 180 countries, speaking almost 100 different languages, and residing in 13 local government areas.

Western Sydney is a place that has changed in the past, is changing right now, and will continue to change into the future. Some of those changes have been traumatic and painful, others have been full of joy, relief, and new beginnings. Ours is a dynamic place made up of intersecting yet distinct communities, each bringing with it a rich mosaic of history, complexity and stories.

Your poem, story or personal essay (500 words maximum) will be judged by panels drawn from your local community. The winners from each LGA will go to a second panel to vie for the top prize.

What stories there are in Western Sydney. I know because I grew up there. What a fabulous opportunity this is to tell the world those stories. Get ready for shock and awe.
Bryan Brown, WestWords Ambassador

Total prize pool of over $10,000
Winner: Adult – $1,000, Junior categories – $500
Highly Commended: Adult – $500, Junior categories – $250

Regional (awarded in each participating LGA)
Winners: Adult – $300, Junior categories – $100
Highly Commended: Adult – $100 cash, Junior categories $50

Categories are as follows: 10 – 12 years; 13 – 15 years; 16 – 18 years; and adults (18+). 

In conjunction with the prize WestWords will run writing workshops across Western Sydney and online. CLICK HERE FOR WORKSHOPS

Terms and conditions can be found by clicking here.

Winners and highly commended entries in each category, from each LGA, will be announced during Library and Information Week (on 21st May)

The overall winners will be announced mid-late June.

For more information, please contact us on 1800 WESTWORDS or by email:

Entries close midnight, Sunday 2nd May 2021.
Entries can only be submitted online CLICK HERE TO ENTER