Nominate for our literary awards

Do you have a story to tell? If so, it’s time to get writing for our Boroondara Literary Awards.

The Boroondara Literary Awards are held each year in partnership with the Rotary Club of Balwyn. With categories for young writers, and an open short story category, they encourage creativity in writers of all ages.

Award winners will share a prize pool of more than $8,000 and will have their work published in the 2022 Boroondara Literary Awards Anthology.

Sophie Matthiesson (pictured) won the Open Short Story category in 2021, for her piece Dead Heifers, based on the tales and experiences of locals in the aftermath of the 2020 bushfires in the Upper Murray region of Victoria.

“I’m currently writing a manuscript for my novel and entering the 2021 Literary Awards was part of my preparation,” says Sophie.

“Short stories can be a great training ground – a way to develop story structure, intention, and build experience. 

“I was thrilled to win, but it was equally exciting to have the opportunity to put my work in front of the illustrious judging panel and to have an award-winning author like Chloe Hooper provide commentary and feedback.”

Submissions for the 2022 awards are open from 9 am Monday 4 April until 5 pm Friday 29 July. Entry is free.

To find out more about the categories and entry requirements, visit our Boroondara Literary Awards page.

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