Story Writing Competitions

Announcing the winners of our 2014 writing competitions!

Congratulations to our winners and thanks to all entrants who made this year another great competition.   

Nano Stories

Years 3 & 4   Highly commended: Caitlin Brown, Chiltern for The Lost Horse   Highly commended: Jasper Jakovic, Lavington for Library Day   Winner: Connor Moyle, Albury North PS for Fire!  

Year 5 & 6   Highly commended: Ellie Zilberman, Albury for Anzac Day, Albury 1915   Highly commended: Jay Blanes, Albury North PS for Lost at Sea  Winner: Kiah Woods Albury North PS for Life in Art

Year 7 & 8     Highly commended: Olivia Williams, Albury High, The Trees that Whispered  Highly commended: Jordan Mitchell Ryder, Trinity Anglican, Phillip returns  Winner: Olivia Richardson, Victory Lutheran College, Senses

Open category    Highly commended: Annette Huon, Wodonga, Children’s Hospital  Highly Commended: Alexandra Ward, Albury, Protector of Memories   Winner: Leanne Nichol, Wodonga, Hidden Treasure

Click here to read the winning nano stories


AlburyCity Short Story Award

Commended: Inmates by Roger Vickery, Sydney NSW  

Commended: Thinking of Yoko Ono by Lisa Jacobson, Eltham VIC  

Highly Commended: Between the Rails, Jennifer Morris, Gooramadda VIC 

Highly Commended:The Crush, Jacqui Garvey, Indigo Valley VIC

Winner: Shadows of Ships by Susan Webster, Warragul VIC

Click on the story above to read


Solo: HotHouse-La Trobe Monologue writing competition

Go to the HotHouse website to view the shortlist and winners 


AlburyCity Short Story Award 2014

Saltimbanque by Graeme Drendel
Every picture has a story to tell. This year we present eight artworks from the Albury Regional Art Gallery collection to act as a stimulus for your short story. Choose one (or more) of the selected artworks that sparks your imagination. Or maybe an artwork reminds you of a story you’ve already written. Let the image inspire you. Let your words wander well beyond the frame as your story takes on a life of its own. The only limitation should be the word count.

Word limit: 3000 words Entry Fee: $10 First prize: $1000. Prizes also for highly commended stories CLOSING DATE EXTENDED: 12 noon, Monday 28 July 2014

Conditions of entry and online submission here

Kirsty Murray will select this year’s winning stories. Kirsty is the highly awarded author of eighteen books and most recently won the 2013 Aurealis Award for Best Children’s Book. Her novels include: The Four Seasons of Lucy McKenzie, India Dark, Vulture's Gate, Market Blues, and the epic quartet of historical fiction, Children of the Wind. Read Kirsty's full bio here.  
brownwork #9 by Rosemary Laing

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Alice in Wonderland by Charles Blackman
Destroy (Sandman) by Patricia Piccinini
Relics III by Ingo Kleinert
Judy, Tjanara and Jody by Brenda Croft
Scapegoat by Rodney Pople
The Secret by Richard Watkins

Nano Story Competition 2014

The Nano challenge is on again! We want the full story, in only 50 words. Your story must be 50 words exactly and include the word 'picture' (or a derivative: pictures, pictured, picturing, picturesque, pictorial). Entry is free. There are categories for students and adults. (Entrants in this competition must live within a 100km radius of Albury)Conditions of entry and online submission here      



Solo Monologue Competition

Established and emerging playwrights are invited to enter the new monologue writing prize initiated by
HotHouse Theatre and La Trobe University, to be presented at WAM 2014. Short monologues (3 - 12 mins) are invited in three categories:  - High School - Open: Unpublished/unperformed writers  - Open: Published/performed writers Shortlisted monologues will be presented in rehearsed readings on Thursday 11 September, and winners announced on the night. Winners in each category receive $500. For more details and to enter, go to HotHouse Theatre website



Previous Years Winners 2013 Short Story Winner: Julie Chilver of Cooran, QLD, for her story Counting Pegs 2013 Nano Stories: Read all the winning entries here 2012 Short Story Winner: Beverley Lello for her story So Thin 2012 Nano Stories: Read the Winning and Highly Commended entries in all categories. All stories had to include the word 'snap'. 2011 Short Story Winner: Beverley Lello for her story The Solution 2011 Nano Stories: Read the Winning and Highly Commended entries in all categories 2010 Short Story Winner: Jacqueline Winn for her story Just a Job 2010 Short Story Winner (Primary): Alexandra Croft for her story The River