Founded in 1999, the Boroondara Literary Awards is a partnership between the Rotary Club of Balwyn and the City of Boroondara.

The awards offer the chance to receive cash prizes in two sections. A prize pool of over $7,500 is available across various age groups in the Young Writers section, with almost $4,500 available in the Open Short Story section.

Winning entries will be published in the annual anthology Word You Up.

This year’s literary awards features a special set of awards for entries with the theme of Courage in Adversity. We are seeking works that commemorate Australia’s involvement at Gallipoli, and other battles and campaigns of World War 1.

Stories can portray acts of courage in combat or on the home front. Winners of this category will be invited to read their stories or have them showcased in April 2015 as part of the Gallipoli and Beyond exhibition, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings. 

Young Writers section

Includes poetry and prose categories as well as Courage in Adversity categories for young people who live, work or study in Boroondara.

Junior writers

Open to young people in school year levels 5 to 6 who live or attend school in the City of Boroondara.

Prose length: between 300 and 500 words

Prizes

  • Prose - 1st place: $150, 2nd place: $100, 3rd place: $50
  • Courage in adversity - 1st place: $100, 2nd place: $50, 3rd place: $25

Middle writers

Open to young people in school year levels 7, 8 and 9 who live or attend school in the City of Boroondara.

Prose length: between 500 and 900 words

Poetry length: must be less than 200 lines

Prizes

  • Prose - 1st place: $600, 2nd place: $400, 3rd place: $200
  • Poetry - 1st place: $600, 2nd place: $400, 3rd place: $200
  • Courage in adversity prose - 1st place: $300, 2nd place: $200, 3rd place: $100
  • Courage in adversity poetry - 1st place: $300, 2nd place: $200, 3rd place: $100

Senior writers

Open to young people in school year levels 10, 11 and 12 who live, work, or attend school in the City of Boroondara. Also open to young people not in secondary school aged 15 to 18 years old as of 1 January 2014.

Prose length: between 900 and 1300 words

Poetry length: must be less than 200 lines

Prizes

  • Prose 1st place: $600, 2nd place: $400, 3rd place: $200
  • Poetry 1st place: $600, 2nd place: $400, 3rd place: $200
  • Courage in adversity prose 1st place: $300, 2nd place: $200, 3rd place: $100 
  • Courage in adversity poetry 1st place: $300, 2nd place: $200, 3rd place: $100

Open Short Story section

Is a national competition inviting literary works between 1,500 and 3,000 words from writers across the country. Includes an award for the best entry by a Boroondara resident as well as a Courage in Adversity category.

Length: between 1500 and 3000 words

Prizes

Open:

  • 1st place: $1500, 2nd place: $1000, 3rd place: $500, highly commended (x4): $50 each
  • Best entry by a Boroondara resident: $500

Courage in adversity:

  • 1st place: $700, 2nd place: $400, 3rd place: $150

The judges

  • Toni Jordan - Open Short Story
  • Lili Wilkinson - Young Writers Prose
  • Emilie Zoey Baker - Young Writers Poetry

How to enter

Follow the links below to submit your entries:

For more information

Contact the Literary Awards Coordinator on 9278 4036, or email bla@boroondara.vic.gov.au .