South West Writing Competition

Next date: Thursday, 25 July 2024 | 01:00 AM to Thursday, 15 August 2024 | 11:59 PM

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The 2024 South West Writing Competition, in conjunction with the Warrnambool Storytelling Festival, is now accepting entries from local writers on the theme of:

Registration opens: June 1, 2024

Closing date for entries: August 15, 2024

Writing will be accepted in one of three categories: 

  • Adult (18 & over) Category:
    Fiction or non-fiction, Length: 1500-3000 words
    Entrants must be 18 years or more at the closing date of the competition.

  • Adult (18 & over) Micro-fiction Category:
    Not more than 500 words.
    Entrants must be 18 years or more at the closing date of the competition. 

  • Youth (ages 12 - 17) Category:
    Fiction or non-fiction, Length: 500-1500 words
    Entrants must be between 12 and 17 years at the closing date. 
  •   1st Prize - Adult: $1000
  •    1st Prize - Micro-fiction: $500
  •   1st Prize - Youth: $500

All prize-winning entries and a selected shortlist of works will also be published in a Southwest Short Story anthology book.


Entry is restricted to new and emerging writers living in the shires of Warrnambool, Moyne and Corangamite only.

Your entry should be:

  • One entry per person

  • Original, not previously published,
    and written and carefully edited

  • Typed in in English in 12-point sized font, 1.5 spaced using Times New Roman, Arial or Calibri (or a similar plain font) with wide margins

  • Submitted as a PDF or Word document

  • Received via email by August 15, 2024 

To enter the competition, please read the Conditions of Entry carefully and make sure your submission qualifies.


  • Saturday, 01 June 2024 | 12:00 AM - Thursday, 15 August 2024 | 11:59 PM


Warrnambool, 3280

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