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2024 Writing Awards Open for Entries!

Calling all writers! Williamstown Literary Festival Writing Competitions 2024 are now open for entries via the festival website. (Closing date March 8, 2024). A total of $1750 in prizes.

There are four competitions, in a range of genres:

The Young Adas Short Story Prize 2024, for writers aged 14–18 from the western suburbs.
The Ada Cambridge Biographical Prose Prize 2024 open to Victorian writers aged 18+.
The Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize 2024 open to Victorian writers aged 18+.
The Jennifer Burbidge Short Story Award 2024 for writing that involves the theme of disability in an Australian setting. It is open to entrants from anywhere in Australia. Stories can be fiction or non-fiction.

Further details:

  • The entry fee is $15, except for the Young Adas, which is free.
  • Burbidge and Biographical Prose stories must be up to 3,000 words; Young Adas 1,000 words.
  • Up to two poems up to 30 lines each can be submitted for the $15 fee in the Poetry Prize.
  • Each of the adult winners will receive $500, the Young Adas winner $250.
  • All shortlisted writers will have their work published in our magnificent awards anthology.
  • The closing date for entries is 8th of March 2024 at midnight.
  • The Young Adas is open to students in schools in the following local government areas: Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Hume, Maribyrnong, Melton, Moonee Valley, Wyndham. A full list of postcodes can be found on our online entry details.
  • For full submission guidelines and full terms and conditions please visit:the Williamstown Literary Festival website:
The award ceremony for the prizes will take place as part of the Festival in June 2024.

If you have any queries about the competitions, please email Chris Ringrose, Secretary, Williamstown Literary Festival,