The Boroondara Literary Awards are run by Council 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. We strongly encourage applications from young people.

2021 Awards open 9am Monday 3 May and close 5pm Friday 27 August.


    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

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

    Young Writers’ Competition: Middle Category

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

    Young Writers’ Competition: Senior Category

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

    Open Short Story Competition

    • 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 9278 4036.

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