2021 WordFest Short Story Writing Competition


Let your writing transcend the ordinary and enter our Short Story Writing Competition.

Open to all ages:

  • 12-14 years,
  • 15-17 years
  • over 18 years

Competition Dates:

Starts: Thursday 17 June

Closes: Sunday 18 July


Enter the Competition

Please read the Terms and Conditions before entering the competition.

  • Category for entry * (required)

  • This is my own original work * (required)

  • Main Relationship with City of Monash * (required)

  • Your device might not allow you to use upload functionality. Please access this form from Desktop to upload your file

  • I agree to all conditions of entry * (required)

  • If under the age of 18, I have parent/guardian permission to enter this competition

  • Type the characters you see in the picture below (Required)



Category A (12-14 years)

 Category B (15-17 years)  Category C (Adult)
1st Prize  $300  $500  $700
2nd Prize  $150  $250  $350
 3rd Prize  $100  $150  $250







Terms and Conditions 


  1. Participants must reside, work or study in the City of Monash, or be a member of the Monash Public Library Service (MPLS). 
  2. One entry per person. 
  3. The competition will be judged in three sections: Category A: 12-14 years (500 words max) Category B: 15-17 years (1,000 words max) Category C: Adult (2,000 words max) 
  4. Exceeding the word limit will result in disqualification. 
  5. Entries must be the entrant’s own original work. 
  6. Students undertaking VCE may submit VCE writing assignments provided they meet Conditions 1, 2, 3 and 4. 
  7. For the purpose of this competition, a short story is defined as: A work of fiction written in prose or narrative format that meets the size limitations outlined in Condition 3. A short story does not include images, poetry or scripts. 
  8. Entries must be typed and in a minimum size 12 font and submitted as a text/word document only (NO PDF or other file formats). 
  9. Entries will be judged on content 
  10. Entries must be submitted online unless special permission is given by MPLS. 
  11. Competition opens Thursday 17 June 2021 at 10am. 
  12. Competition closes Sunday, 18 July 2021 at 11.59pm. 
  13. Entries by persons under 18 years of age must be verified by a parent/guardian via the online submission process. 
  14. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 
  15. Personal details must NOT be included on the short story document itself otherwise it will be disqualified from the competition. 
  16. Submitted entries may be used and published in part or full by the City of Monash on their websites and other media UNLESS written notice withdrawing consent accompanies the entry at the time of submission. 
  17. The Monash Public Library Service reserves the right to send promotional information about the competition and other related programs and events up to 12 months after the receipt of the personal details of entrant. 


Privacy Statement

We are collecting your personal information for the purpose of your Short Story Competition entry. This information will not be disclosed to any external party without your consent, unless required or authorised by law.

If you wish to gain access to, or alter any personal information you have supplied within this submission, please contact our libraries or email Timothy.GillisJones@monash.vic.gov.au




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Last updated: 17 June 2021