Put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard and get writing for the 2021 Boroondara Literary Awards

Entries are now open for the Boroondara Literary Awards. Held each year by the City of Boroondara in partnership with the Rotary Club of Balwyn, the awards encourage creativity in writers of all ages. 

Competition categories include the Young Writers competition and the Open Short Story competition. The Young Writers Competition is open to students from Year 5 to Year 12, and young people not in secondary school aged 15 to 18 years, who live, study, or work in the City of Boroondara. 

As well as cash prizes, winners will have their work published in the Boroondara Literary Awards anthology. Last year’s Young Writers Competition first place Senior Poetry award winner, Wakana Yoshida from Kew East, said that her winning entry, Serpentine yellow, is a poem about “anti-Asian racism that I feel has aggressively emerged in the coronavirus pandemic. I wrote this piece to explore racism within the Australian climate - its historical roots, how it has been perpetuated and how it has even been internalised by the Asian community.” 

Wakana, now a university student, encourages others who enjoy writing to enter the awards. “Be proud of your work and remember that your voice is so powerful and unique. The Boroondara Literary Awards are a great way for emerging writers to have their work recognised - especially younger writers, who perceive the world very differently and would therefore have much to contribute to the literary realm.” 

Submissions are open from Monday 3 May until 5pm Friday 27 August. Entry is free.

Visit the Boroondara Literary Awards page for more information and to enter your writing.