Wyndham Writing Awards Anthology 2019


The Wyndham Writing Awards 2019 short story, graphic short, poetry and flash fiction winners and shortlists were announced on 7 November 2019, and are now listed below. 

Around 260 entries were received, with an impressive display of the talent from across Victoria and locally in Wyndham. To narrow the entries down to a shortlist for each category was very difficult and judges Adam Ford and Jess Parker had a hard task to pick the winners.

Print copies are available to borrow from branches.

You can also download a free digital copy here soon!

Short Stories

  • Chicken Soup by Ully Merkel
  • Graffiti by Mary Jones
  • Remaining by Elle Parkinson
  • Swan Song by Esthee Schonken [Local Encouragement Award]
  • The Female Gaze by Anna Kate Blair [Winner]

Graphic Short Stories

  • Babysitter by Tegan New [Local Encouragement Award]
  • Birds in the Trees by Prativa Tamang [Winner]
  • Encounter with Gorgons by Steve Carter
  • Midnight Snack by Candice MacAllister
  • Moving to Footscray by Sam Elkin


  • A Little House Waits by Jaroslaw Kotiw
  • City Parking by Graeme Foley
  • She Will Never Forget by Sameer M. Khan [Local Encouragement Award]
  • Strength by C A Clark  [Winner]
  • You Grew Out of the Wood by Jakob Ryce

Flash fiction

  • Breathe by Daniela Esposito [Local Encouragement Award]
  • Escape by Belinda Oliver [Winner]
  • Five Jacks by Kim Robyn Smith
  • Parsley Green by Shira Deutsch
  • Waiting to Surface by Maree Purcell

Terms and Conditions

  1. This competition is run by Wyndham City Council in the state of Victoria, Australia only.


  1. By entering this competition, you agree to accept these terms and conditions of entry.  If your entry does not comply with these conditions, it will not be valid and will not be accepted.


  1. Entry is restricted to residents of Victoria aged 18 years or over as at 30 June 2019.  Council staff, Councillors, judges (Adam Ford and Jess Kitty Parker) and their immediate families are not eligible to enter.


  1. To enter the competition, entrants must submit their original story or poem using the Submittable website https://wyndhamcitylibraries.submittable.com/submit between 12:00am on 1 May 2019 and 11:59pm on 30 June 2019.  Entries received outside of this period will not be accepted.


  1. Entrants must create a Submittable account in order to submit their entry and must retain this profile for the duration of the competition.  Entrants acknowledge that they must provide personal information to create a Submittable account.  Entrants may request that their account is deleted any time.  However, if such a request is made prior to 8 November 2019, their entry will also be deleted, and as such, invalid.  Entrants further acknowledge that Submittable is a third-party provider and that Council accepts no liability in respect of Submittable’s collection, use or disclosure of personal information provided by entrants.
  2. Only one entry per person per category will be accepted and entries must meet the word limit requirements below.  Graphic short stories may be created by a writer/illustrator partnership, provided that each partner consents to entering the competition and complies with these terms and conditions. Evidence of such consent must be provided to Council upon request.



Word limit

Short Story

Between 1500 and 3000 words

Graphic Short Story

Between 4 and 8 A4 pages, with at least 2 panels per page


60 lines maximum

Flash Story

Between 100 and 600 words


  1. Entries must be the entrant’s own original work and must be submitted in English.  Where an entry has been translated from another language before submission, the entrant must obtain the translator’s consent to enter the competition and must acknowledge the translator in the entry form.  Evidence of such consent must be provided to Council upon request.


  1. Entries must not contain any objectionable, profane, offensive, insulting, inflammatory or defamatory material, and must not infringe a third party’s intellectual property rights.


  1. Entries must not include the entrant’s name or any details which may identify the entrant.


  1. Entries which have won an award on or before 1 May 2019 or which have been, or are to be published by 1 November 2019 are ineligible for entry.


  1. Judging will commence on 1 July 2019.  Longlisted entrants will be contacted by Council by 7 August 2019 and must provide evidence of their identity, age and proof of residence within 5 business days.  Failure to provide such evidence or proof will result in the entrant’s disqualification from the competition.  Entries will then be shortlisted, with shortlisted entrants being contacted within 5 business days of the judges’ decision.


  1. There are a total of 8 prizes to be awarded – one from each category below.  Each winner will receive a voucher or gift card of their choice in the amount listed below (total prize pool valued at $1,500).  To be eligible for the Wyndham Local Encouragement Award in each category, the entrant must be a resident of Wyndham.  Entrants acknowledge that where they have submitted entries in multiple categories, they will only be eligible for a maximum of one prize in the entire competition.



Overall Winner

Wyndham Local Encouragement Award

Short Story



Graphic Short Story






Flash Story




  1. Winners will be announced at the Wyndham Writing Awards Event.  Event details, including the date and location will be published at www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/writingawards and an email invitation will be sent to each entrant by 20 September 2019.


  1. Winners and shortlisted entrants’ names will be published on Council’s website and social media pages on 8 November 2019.  Winners and shortlisted entrants consent to the publication of their names on Council’s website and social media pages.


  1. If a prize has not been claimed by 6 December 2019 the winner will be deemed to have surrendered the prize.


  1. Where a winner’s chosen voucher or gift card is deemed to be inappropriate or is otherwise unavailable, Council may, at its sole discretion, substitute it for an equivalent of equal value.


  1. Council reserves the right not to award a prize in any category.


  1. Prizes are not transferable or exchangeable for cash.


  1. The entrant retains copyright in their entry.


  1. The entrant grants Council an exclusive, perpetual and royalty-free licence to:

(a) perform, record or broadcast readings of all or part of an entry as part of the Wyndham Writing Awards Event; and

(b) publish, cause to be published or otherwise use the entrant’s story or poem and entrant’s name in any format whatsoever in:

  • a book to be published about the Wyndham Writing Awards competition; and
  • any Council promotional material, including Council’s websites and social media pages for the purpose of promoting the Wyndham Writing Awards competition.


  1. The entrant releases and indemnifies Council, its councillors, employees, agents and contractors for any costs and all liability incurred or suffered in connection with this competition including, but not limited to, any intellectual property rights infringement.


  1. The entrant acknowledges that their personal details will be retained by Council and used in a mailing list for future communications about the Wyndham Writing Awards and further acknowledges that they may opt out of such communications at any time.


  1. Council accepts no responsibility for late, lost, incomplete, corrupt or invalid submissions.


  1. Council’s decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.


  1. Privacy Statement

Your personal information is being collected by Council and Submittable Holdings Inc. for entry into the Wyndham Writing Awards competition.  Your personal Information will be used and disclosed by Council and other third parties.  By entering the competition, you agree to the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information as stated in the competition terms and conditions.


Privacy Statement

Your personal information is being collected by Wyndham City Libraries for the purposes of the Wyndham Writing Awards, as outlined in the Terms and Conditions. Council uses third-party software provided by Submittable to run the Awards. Any personal information you submit when registering will be stored and processed by Submittable on their servers in the United States of America on our behalf, in accordance with Submittable’s Privacy Policy and protected as described in Submittable's security protocol compliance statements. Your information will be accessible by Wyndham Writing Awards administrators to identify and communicate with you regarding the Wyndham Writing Awards. After Wyndham Writing Awards are complete you will retain a profile with Submittable unless you request Submittable to delete it. If you have any questions about this Privacy Statement, please contact the Wyndham Writing Awards Coordinator ph. 8734 2600.

Writing Groups

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Come along to one of Wyndham City Libraries free weekly writing groups for adult writers of all levels of experience. Get your creative juices flowing with exercises designed to inspire and develop your writing skills in a fun and friendly environment. 

Online event

Every Tuesday, 2pm-3pm

View upcoming meetings and register

Words of Wyndham 2017

Words of Wyndham



The Words of Wyndham 2017 shortlist and winners were announced on 2 November 2017.

We received around 400 entries, with an impressive display of talent from across Australia and within Wyndham. Narrowing the entries down to a shortlist for each category was very difficult, giving judges Adam Ford and Bernard Caleo a hard task in selecting the winners.

The themes of the entries range from suicide, family violence and mourning to online dating and Easter eggs.

An anthology of the winning and shortlisted entries has been published, with print copies available to borrow from Wyndham City Libraries.


Short Stories 

  • A Colour Of Loss by Freya Cox
  • Aviary by Tess Corbel [Winner]
  • Forecast by A. Di Martino
  • In the New Land by Caroline Miley
  • One Hundred Strokes by Chris Childs [Local Encouragement Award]
  • Graphic Short Stories 

  • Curious-01 by Eric Le
  • Katabatic by Jennifer Reuter [Local Encouragement Award]
  • Modern Transport by Tegan New [Winner]
  • The Secret Dreams of Mum by C.A. Clark
  • Umara’s Dragons by Sharra Veltheer
  • Poetry

  • As Old as the Hills by Helen Cerne
  • Charles Said by Mitchell Shepherd
  • Hymn of the Wind by Christine L. Bulandus [Local Encouragement Award]
  • The Watch by Melissa Favasuli
  • Vagrant by Ruth Macaulay
  • Your Greatest Trick by Kris Tammer [Winner]
  • Flash Fiction

  • Carrot Cake by Linda Chen
  • Dissonance by Suzi Mezei
  • Into the Mist by Coral Waight
  • On Trial by Daniel J. Thompson [Local Encouragement Award]
  • Robbery by C. A. Broadribb
  • Winnie Carver by Rebecca Handler [Winner]
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