Writing competitions

Each year WestWords runs and partners with various organisations and Local Governement Councils to run writing competitions. In each competition there are divisions for children and young people. We encourage schools and teachers to take advantage of the opportunity for their students. We can offer supporting writing workshops and frequently there are prizes for the schools the winning writers attend.

Blacktown Mayoral Creative Writing Prize

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Key dates

Entries open: 1st July, 2022
Entries close: midnight, 3rd October, 2022
Launch & Winners Announcement: 8th December, 2022
Entry fee: Free

Fisher’s Ghost

The 2021 Fisher’s Ghost Writing Prize is open to adults and children in Grade 4 and above, who live, or go to school, in Campbelltown City.
Entries can be in the form of short story, narrative non-fiction, memoir or poetry. Total prize pool of over $1,600

Key dates

Entries open: 1st July, 2022
Entries close: 9am, 5th September, 2022
Launch & Winners Announcement: XX
Entry fee: Free

Living Stories

Living Stories is a writing competition open to writers aged 8yrs and up living in Western Sydney. Poems, short stories, essays and memoirs responding the theme of Things Unsaid will be judged by local area before a second round to select overall winners. Total prize pool of over $10,000.

Key dates

Entries open: XX
Entries close: Sunday 1st May, 2022
Shortlist announcement: XX
Launch & Winners Announcement: 18th July, 2022
Entry fee: Free

What Matters!

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Entries open: XX
Entries close: XX
Shortlist announcement: XX
Launch & Winners Announcement: XX
Entry fee: Free

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The Blake Poetry Prize

The Blake Poetry Prize challenges Australian poets to explore the spiritual and religious in a new work of 100 lines or less. The Prize is a biennial event. The 2021 Prize is now closed. Entries will open again in mid 2023.

The judges for the 2021 Blake Poetry Prize were multi award-winning poet and winner of the 2013 Blake Poetry Prize, Anthony Lawrence, Juan Garrido Salgado, a Chilian Australia poet who came to Australia in 1990 fleeing the regime that burned his poetry and imprisoned and tortured him for his activism, and the immediate past Blake Poetry Prize winner Judith Nangala Crispin. This year the Prize attracted over 500 entries from across Australia and internationally from countries including Germany, Hong Kong, India, Thailand, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States. The winner recieves $5,000 in prize money.

The poetry prize is delivered in collaboration with Western Sydney literacy organisation, WestWords and Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. 

CLICK HERE to hear the shortlisted and winning poets read their work. 

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