Get Busy With Your Best Short Stories and Poems

Young Writers Short Story and Poetry Competition 2020

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Get busy with your best poetry and short stories for the Friends of Doveton Library Young Writers’ Short Story and Poetry Competition.

Entries close at 5pm on Saturday 3rd of October and can be submitted online (via the form below) or at any Casey Cardinia Library branch

Short Stories

Age Group 8-11 Years 50-250 Words Long
Age Group 12-15 Years 250-750 Words Long


Age Group 8-11 Years Up to 20 Lines
Age Group 12-15 Years Up to 40 Lines


8-11 Years Age Group, both categories
Three equal prizes of $30 in both categories

12-15 Years Age Group, both categories
1st prize $50, 2nd prize $40, 3rd prize $30

Opening and closing dates

Competition opens Monday 29th June 2020 at 9am
Competition ends Saturday 3rd October 2020 at 5pm


Winners will be notified via telephone on Tuesday 20th October 2020
Winners will be presented at Doveton Library on Tuesday 27th October 2020 subject to COVID-19 restrictions

Read the terms and conditions

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • If you are under 18 please tick box to confirm you have permission from your guardian to enter
  • Choose your category from the drop down menu below
  • Accepted file types: doc, docx, docm, pdf.
    Please upload as Microsoft Word Format or PDF, Times New Roman, 12 point font