The Boroondara Literary Awards are hosted by the City of Boroondara, in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Balwyn.

Held annually by the Boroondara Library Service since 1999, the Awards celebrate the creativity of writers and poets within the City of Boroondara and nationwide.

Submit your Young Writers' Competition entry

Submit your Open Short Story entry

Entries for the 2022 Boroondara Literary Awards close at 11:59pm on Friday 29 July.

    Prizes

    Prizes include:

    • more than $5,000 in prize money across various age groups in the Young Writers’ category
    • more than $3,500 in prize money in the Open Short Story category.

    Winning stories

    Winning stories from each category will be published in the Boroondara Literary Awards Anthology. The anthology can be found at:

    • your local Boroondara library to purchase or borrow
    • the State Library of Victoria
    • the National Library of Australia.

    Word count

    Young Writers’ Competition: Junior Category

    Open to young people in school year levels 5 and 6.

    • Prose length: between 300 and 500 words.
    • Poetry length: less than 100 lines.

    Young Writers’ Competition: Middle Category

    Open to young people in school year levels 7, 8 and 9.

    • Prose length: between 500 and 900 words.
    • Poetry length: less than 200 lines.

    Young Writers’ Competition: Senior Category

    Open to young people in school year levels 10, 11 and 12. It is also open to young people not in secondary school, aged 15 to 18 years old as of January 2022. 

    • Prose length: between 900 and 1,300 words.
    • Poetry length: less than 200 lines.

    Open Short Story Competition

    Open to all Australian residents.

    • Between 1,500 and 3,000 words.

    Visit Enter the Boroondara Literary Awards for further detail on our categories.

      More information 

      For more information, please email [email protected] or contact the Literary Awards Coordinator on (03) 9278 4036.


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