City of Melton Short Story Competition now open!

Published on 25 July 2019

Storytellers of all kinds are invited to showcase their talents in the City of Melton Short Story Competition.

Entrants will have their work judged by well-known authors and go in the running to share in more than $3000 worth of prizes.

Short stories can be submitted in print, illustration, video, verse, voice or even a combination of these options across three age categories – junior, teenager and adult.

City of Melton Mayor Cr Bob Turner said the competition was a great way to celebrate the community’s talented and emerging writers, illustrators and videographers.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for creative thinkers to showcase their talents and have their work viewed by popular authors,” Cr Turner said.

“However you tell your tale, we look forward to seeing your imagination and skill on display.”

This year's judges are award-winning children’s author, Lorna Hendry; Melbourne-based writer, reviewer and youth literature advocate, Danielle Binks; and writer and director of creative projects company Mr Smith, Sarah Bailey. 

Adult entries can be up to 3000 words, and junior and teen entries can be up to 1500 words. Other formats should take no longer than five minutes to experience.

Authors must live, work or study in the City of Melton, or be a library member.

Entries will be accepted until 19 August and can be submitted in person, online, by email or by post.

Find out more and enter at or at a City of Melton library.