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Storyfest Writing Competition



Presented by Courthouse Youth Arts and Central Geelong Marketing, the inaugural Storyfest Writing competition is open to all Geelong residents aged 8 - 26 who have a story to tell about 'Home'.

What does 'Home' mean to you? Is it a place? A state of mind? A song? Is it a film? Can it be found between the pages of a book? Is it where you feel the most like yourself?

Whatever 'Home' may be to you, write about it in any genre you like and share it with us. We want to hear your stories!

The Storyfest Writing Competition is a new and important part of the event Central Geelong Storyfest.

Competition Categories:
The competition is split into three age categories. There will be three winners in each category (first, second and third place):
8 - 12 years, 13 - 17 years and 18 - 26 years. 

Word Limit (a 10% +/- leeway applies on all entries):
8 - 12 years: 500 - 1,500 words, 13 - 17 years: 1,500 - 3,000 words and 18 - 26 years: 1,500 - 3,000 words.


Judging Criteria:
- Originality
- Plot
- Characterisation
- Language - ages 8 - 12 will not be judged on grammar or spelling
- Creativity

Deanne Verity of Geelong Regional Libraries, Kgshak Akec of Courthouse Youth Arts and Yasmin Mobayad of Geelong Writers will judge the top 10 entries selected in each category and will award first, second and third place in each category.

The following prize amounts will be awarded to the three finalists in each age category: 1st prize: $500, 2nd prize: $300, 3rd prize: $150. Prize winners will be announced on Monday 6 May 2019.

How to Enter:
Entries closed Wednesday 17 April 2019 at 7pm.

Terms and Conditions:
Download the competition Terms and Conditions. 

For More Information:
Kgshak Akec, Courthouse Youth Arts, 5224 2815,  OR
Belinda O’Keeffe, Central Geelong Marketing, 5272 4297,