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About the Competition

Entries Open: Monday, 5 February 2018
Entries Close: Monday, 30 April 2018

Australian residents over 18 years of age are invited to submit their individual, original works in the following categories:

  • Traditional verse (rhyming, max 80 lines)
  • Free verse (max 80 lines)
  • Short story (max 2,000 words)

3 prizes are being offered in each category:

  • 1st Prize - $1,000
  • 2nd Prize - $500
  • 3rd Prize - $250

At the judge’s discretion, a separate Shire Resident’s Prize of $250 may be also awarded for the best entry in each category from a Shire resident not winning another prize in that category.

Prizes will be awarded in August at a venue to be advised.

How to Enter

Entry Fee: $15.00 per poem/story

The Competition is open to individuals over 18 years of age who are Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia who are living in Australia on the day of entry. To be eligible for the Shire Resident’s Prize, an entrant must also be living in the Sutherland Shire on the day of entry.

Multiple entries from individuals are welcome but you must complete an entry form and pay the entry fee for each poem or short story you wish to submit. Entries will only be accepted online through the attached entry form. All entry fees are non-refundable.

All entries must be the original work of the author. Entries must be submitted as Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx) or Rich Text Format (.rtf) files, typed in black without photographs, drawings, coloured background, illustrations or embellishments of any kind. To ensure impartial judging, the entrant’s name should not appear anywhere on the poem or short story being submitted, nor in the name of the uploaded file itself.

Please read the full competition Terms & Conditions before submitting any entries.

More Information

If you have questions or would like more information about the Sutherland Shire Literary Competition please contact Sutherland Library.

phone 02 9710 0351

This competition would not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors