About the Boroondara Literary Awards

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 $9,000 is available across various age groups in the Young Writers section, with almost $4,500 available in the Open Short Story section.

The 2015 awards will be judged by Honey Brown, Chrissie Perry (Keighery), and Emilie Zoey Baker.

Winners will be announced in November 2015.

Entry Categories

Open Short Story Competition

A national open themed short story competition that is open to any Australian resident

Word Length: 1500 to 3000 words.

Prizes

  • 1st place: $1500
  • 2nd place: $1000
  • 3rd place: $500 
  • Highly Commended (four places available) $50

Keith Carroll Award

  • $500 prize to the best entry from a Boroondara resident.

Young Writers Competition

Junior

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

Prose length between 300 and 500 words.

Poetry Length less than 100 lines.

Prizes

  • Prose 1st place: $150, 2nd place: $100, 3rd place: $50
  • Poetry 1st place: $150, 2nd place: $100, 3rd place: $50

Middle

Open to young people in school year levels 7, 8 and 9 who live, work or study 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

Senior

Open to young people in school year levels 10, 11 and 12 who live, work or study in the City of Boroondara. Also open to young people not in secondary school aged 15 to 18 years old as of 1 January 2015.

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

Winning entries in print

Each year an anthology of winning entries is published. Winning entries have the chance to be featured in the 2015 Boroondara Literary Awards Anthology.

Copies of the 2014 anthology, Word you up, are available for purchase or to borrow from the Boroondara Library Service.

Entrants that win or are highly commended receive a complimentary anthology of all winning entries and judges’ comments.

For more information

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