Wyndham Writing Awards

The Wyndham Writing Awards (previously Words of Wyndham) returns in 2019 to inspire, encourage and recognise emerging Australian adult writers and literary creators.

Prizes will be awarded for unpublished works in four categories: short story, graphic short story, flash story and poetry. Shortlisted entries will be published in the Wyndham Writing Awards Anthology 2019.

The judging panel for 2019 are:

  • Central Victorian poet, novelist and short storialist (the other) Adam Ford, and 
  • Melbourne/Sydney based illustrator and comic maker Jess Kitty Parker.

Watch this space for more information on judges, upcoming workshops and terms and conditions.

Entries open Wednesday 1 May – Sunday 30 June 2019.

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Writing Clubs

Come along to one of our Writing Clubs to share your work, meet other writers and participate in exercises before you enter the Award! Writing Clubs meet at our Werribee and Tarneit branches.

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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. You can also download a free digital copy here:

Words of Wyndham Anthology 2017


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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