Sutherland Shire Literary Competition

Closing date: Monday 30 April 2018

The inaugural Sutherland Shire Literary Competition is set to celebrate the exciting breadth of literary talent that exists not only across the Sutherland Shire but the whole of our nation, with entries open to Australian residents over 18 years of age.

The new competition aims to promote the rich cultural heritage of the Sutherland Shire whilst contributing to the diverse and rich tradition of literary practice in Australia.

The exciting new initiative was conceived by Sutherland Shire Councillor Barry Collier, the 2017 winner in the ‘Free Verse Poetry’ category of the prestigious Henry Lawson National Literary Awards.

The competition celebrates the joy of the written word in both poetry and prose. You are invited to submit original works in the following categories:

  • Traditional (rhyming) verse (max. 80 lines)
  • Free verse (max. 80 lines)
  • Short stories (max. 2000 words)

3 prizes are being offered in each category:

  • 1st Prize $1,000
  • 2nd Prize $500
  • 3rd Prize $250

An additional ‘Shire Resident’s Prize’ of $250 may also be awarded at the judge’s discretion, to recognise the best local talent in those three categories.

Entry Fee: $15 per poem/story.

For more information on the competition and full terms and conditions, visit


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