Ages 18+ Entries open Saturday 1 May – Wednesday 30 June 2021

Wyndham Writing Awards

The Wyndham Writing Awards 2021 aims to inspire, encourage and recognise emerging Victorian adult writers and literary creators.

Prizes will be awarded for unpublished works in three categories: short story, flash fiction and poetry. Shortlisted entries will be published in the Wyndham Writing Awards Anthology 2021. Our judge for 2021 is author and writing teacher, Lee Kofman.


Overall winner

Arts Assist
Local Encouragement Award

Short story

1500-3000 words




60 lines max



Flash story

100-600 words




Wyndham Writing Awards 2021 is proudly funded and supported by Arts Assist.


Entries for the Wyndham Writing Awards 2021 have closed. Judging is now underway

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 Victorian residents aged 18 years or over as at 30 June 2021.  Council staff, Councillors, Arts Assist employees and volunteers, the competition judge (Lee Kofman) and their immediate families, and professionally published writers are not eligible to enter.  For the purposes of this competition, a ‘professionally published writer’ is defined as a person who has made more than 50% of their income in the past 12 months from writing activities, including publications, royalties and teaching.


  1. To enter the competition, entrants must submit an original story or poem using the Submittable website between 12:00am on 1 May 2021 and 11:59pm on 30 June 2021.  Entries received outside of this period will not be accepted.


  1. Entrants acknowledge and agree that:
    1. they must create a Submittable account in order to submit their entry, which must be retained for the duration of the competition;
    2. creating a Submittable account requires entrants to provide personal information to a third-party provider and agree to their terms of use.  Council accepts no liability in respect of Submittable’s collection, use or disclosure of entrants’ personal information; and
    3. they may request that their Submittable account be deleted at any time, however if such a request is made prior to 12 November 2021, their entry will also be deleted and as such, be invalid.


  1. Only one entry per person per category will be accepted.  Entrants acknowledge and agree that where they have submitted multiple entries, they will only be eligible for a maximum of one prize in the entire competition.


  1. Entries which have won an award on or before 1 May 2021, or which have been or are to be published by 1 November 2021 are ineligible for entry.


  1. Entries must:
    1. be the entrant’s own original work;
    2. not contain any inflammatory or defamatory material;
    3. not infringe a third party’s intellectual property rights;
    4. not include the entrant’s name or any details which may identify the entrant;
    5. be submitted in English; and
    6. meet the word limit requirements below:



Word limit

Short story

Between 1,500 and 3,000 words


60 lines maximum

Flash story

Between 100 and 600 words


  1. 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 their entry form.  Evidence of such consent must be provided to Council upon request.


  1. Judging will commence on 1 July 2021.  Entries will be longlisted by Council staff, with longlisted entrants to be contacted by Council by 9 August 2021.  Longlisted entrants must provide evidence of their identity, age and residence within 5 business days of being contacted.  Failure to provide such evidence will result in the entrant’s disqualification from the competition.


  1. Longlisted entries will be further judged by external judge, Lee Kofman, who will shortlist entries and determine the competition winners.  All shortlisted entrants will be contacted within 5 days of the judge’s decision.


  1. A total of six competition winners will be chosen – one from each category below.  Each winner will receive a gift voucher of their choice in the amount listed below (total prize pool valued at $3,600).



Overall winner

Arts Assist Local Encouragement Award

Short story






Flash story




  1. To be eligible for an Arts Assist Local Encouragement Award, the entrant must be a Wyndham resident.


  1. Winners agree to select an appropriate gift voucher as their prize. Where Council reasonably believes that the voucher selected by a winner is not appropriate or is otherwise unavailable, Council may substitute it for another voucher of equal value or require the winner to select an alternative voucher.


  1. Winners will be announced at the Wyndham Writing Awards Event.  Event details, including the date and location will be published on Council’s website and an email invitation sent to shortlisted entrants by 27 September 2021.  Entrants acknowledge that the Awards Event may be held online if cannot be held in person.


  1. Winners and shortlisted entrants’ names will subsequently be published on Council’s website and social media pages on 12 November 2021.  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 3 December 2021, the winner will be deemed to have surrendered the prize and Council may opt to conduct further judging to award the unclaimed prize.


  1. Entrants acknowledge that they retain copyright in their entry.


  1. The entrant grants Council an exclusive, perpetual, sublicensable and royalty-free licence to:
    1. perform, record, broadcast and/or live-stream readings of all or part of their entry as part of the Wyndham Writing Awards Event; and
    2. publish, cause to be published or otherwise use the entrant’s story or poem and entrant’s name in any format whatsoever in:
      1. a book to be published containing shortlisted and winning entries from the 2021 Wyndham Writing Awards competition; and
      2. any Council promotional material, including Council’s websites and social media pages for the purpose of promoting the Wyndham Writing Awards competition.


  1. Entrants acknowledge and agree that Council may provide a copy of their entry and contact details to Arts Assist, and that Arts Assist may use or publish their entry in any format and forum whatsoever to promote their sponsorship of the 2021 Wyndham Writing Awards competition and/or for general marketing purposes.


  1. The entrant indemnifies and holds harmless Council, its councillors and employees against all costs, claims and liability arising in connection with a breach or purported breach of these terms and conditions.


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


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


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


  1. Prizes are not transferable or exchangeable for cash.


  1. Council reserves the right to modify these terms and conditions at any time.


  1. If for any reason, the competition cannot be run as planned, Council reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the competition.


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


  1. Privacy Collection Statement

Your personal information is being collected by Council to administer your entry into the Wyndham Writing Awards and will be used by Council staff to communicate with you regarding the competition.  Entries need to be made using a third-party website - Submittable.  Any personal information you submit through Submittable’s website will processed and stored in accordance with Submittable’s Privacy Policy.  By entering the competition, you consent to the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information as stated in the competition terms and conditions.  Further information on how Council handles your personal information is available in Council’s Privacy Policy.

Privacy Statement

Privacy Collection and Use Statement

Your personal information is being collected by Wyndham City Libraries and ‘Submittable’ for entry into the Wyndham Writing Awards and used by the Administrators to identify and communicate with you regarding the Wyndham Writing Awards.

Council uses third-party software provided by Submittable to run the Awards. .  By entering the competition, you agree to the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information as stated in the competition terms and conditions.

Any personal information you submit 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 its security protocol compliance statements.

Once the Awards are completed, your profile will remain with ‘Submittable’ unless you request ‘Submittable’ to delete it. If you have any questions about this Privacy Statement, please contact the Council’s Privacy Officer or Wyndham Writing Awards Coordinator by email at or ph. 8734 0200.

Writing Groups

Black man wearing headphones & looking at a laptop takes notes with pen & paper

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, 7.30pm - 8.30pm

View upcoming meetings and register

Wyndham Writing Awards 2019

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!

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
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