Short Story Competition 2020
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Whitsunday Voices would like to invite students to submit entries for the 2020 Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival Short Story Competition.

Students are free to respond to a theme or topic of their choice and there is no limit to the number of entries allowed by each student.

Students are encouraged to use the Whitsunday Voices Short Story writing competition extension date as an opportunity to respond to the current global pandemic. Student ‘slice of life’ writing could focus on a personal story and explore the emotions behind an example of their own life in lockdown experience. A student writer could ‘walk in the shoes of another’ using information from the daily news as stimulus for their own creative short story response.

The categories of the Competition and the respective word requirements are outlined below:    

  • Years 3 and 4: 300 – 400 words                     Cash prizes: 1st Prize - $70.00, 2nd Prize - $30.00, 3rd Prize - $20.00                 
  • Years 5 and 6: 300 – 500 words                     Cash prizes: 1st Prize - $80.00, 2nd Prize - $40.00, 3rd Prize - $30.00                 
  • Years 7 and 8: 400 – 600 words                     Cash Prizes: 1st Prize - $100.00, 2nd Prize - $50.00, 3rd Prize - $40.00                
  • Years 9 and 10: 600 – 800 words                   Cash Prizes: 1st Prize - $200.00, 2nd Prize - $70.00, 3rd Prize - $50.00
  • Years 11 and 12: 800 –1200 words                Cash Prizes: 1st Prize - $250.00, 2nd Prize - $100.00, 3rd Prize - $80.00                  
For the first time this year, the winning entries (1st, 2nd, 3rd and highly commended entries) will be published in a book that will be awarded as part of your prize. Further copies will be available to purchase in the Festival Bookshop. 
Savvy Scripts will design the book, which will then be printed by BB Print. Both are local businesses who are very supportive of encouraging students to develop their creative writing skills. The published books have been made possible as a result of a grant made available as part of the Regional Arts Development Program.
The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Mackay Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

Entries will be judged by a panel comprising representatives from the Australian Literacy Educators Association (ALEA), teacher volunteers and Timezone. The winners will be notified via email and will be publicly announced at a later date. 
The full list of winners will also be published on the Whitsunday Voices website and Facebook page.
There is no limit to the number of entries allowed by each student. However, each entry must be:  
  • Word-processed on one side of paper – 1.5 spacing;
  • Original;
  • Stapled and attached to an entry form;
  • Within the set word requirements (please put a word count at the end of the story).
It would also be helpful if any identifying details (such as the entrant’s name and school) do not appear on the story itself and only be included on the entry form.
Follow this link for your ENTRY FORM.
Please keep a copy of your submissions as unfortunately entries cannot be returned.
The extended closing date for the competition is 3pm on Friday 19th June, 2020. All entries must be received by this date to be considered for judging.
Teachers and Librarians, click here for an A4 poster and here for an A3 poster, to promote the competition at your school.
If you have any questions about this competition, please feel free to contact Nicole Norris on 4969 2041 or email her at [email protected]
If you have students in Years 9 to 12 who may wish to take their stories further, after the competition, and potentially be mentored to develop a manuscript, please refer them to #teenpit
Thank you for your assistance in the celebration and promotion of literature!