Short Story Competition

Stretch your writing muscles and you could share in more than $3000 worth of prizes in the Melton City Libraries Short Story Competition!

The Short Story competition is a great opportunity for all budding writers of all ages to showcase their talent and have their work read by popular authors.

Entries can be submitted in any medium: text, print, illustration, video, verse, voice or combinations of any of the above. Entries should be no more than 3000 words for adults, 1500 words for junior and teen, or for other story formats, something that takes no more than 5 minutes to experience.

The competition will award the first, second and third prize entries in Junior, Teenage and Adult sections.

Competition runs: Monday 22 June - Monday 17 August 2020.

Enter online - Short Story Competition - Under 18

Enter online - Short Story Competition - Adult


Junior A Section (Prep - Year 3)*

1st Prize: $300

2nd Prize: $200

3rd Prize: $100

Junior B Section (Year 4 - Year 6)*

1st Prize: $300

2nd Prize: $200

3rd Prize: $100

Teenage Section (Year 7 - Year 12)*

1st Prize: $300

2nd Prize: $200

3rd Prize: $100

Adult Section (18 years )*

1st Prize: $750

2nd Prize: $500

3rd Prize: $250

*Best first time entry and highly commended prizes will also be awarded in each category.

In case of two winners in any category the first and second prize will be added to together and divided equally between the two winners and there will be a third prize.


Short Story Competition Conditions of Entry


This year's Short Story Competition judges are:

Michael Panckridge

Michael Panckridge

Inspired by his passion for sport and a desire to get reluctant readers engaged in books, Michael Panckridge put his mind to finding out what it is kids want to read.

In 2019, he finds himself the author of over 40 books – his work ranging from the best-selling Legends and Anniversary Legends series; the Toby Jones series, co-authored with Brett Lee, a rich blend of cricket and fantasy and The League of Legends series – rugby league action with the support of ex Australian captain, Laurie Daley.  

Later novels move away from sport. The Cursed, The Vanishings and The Immortal are adventure books with elements of mystery and intrigue that will keep the reader guessing.

Another series is The Book of Gabrielle – a sinister tale about a girl without a past and an extraordinary ability to see things others can’t.

There is also the immensely readable Clued Up series. Set in a country town, it’s a six-book series where a group of friends get involved in a series of mysteries and adventures – horses, moto-cross and dirt-bike riding, ghosts and UFOs are just some of the topics explored! 

With Penguin, Michael has authored two, four-book cricket series, celebrating the highly popular Big Bash and Women’s Big Bash Leagues. He also wrote the latest AFL Factivity book – a magazine style booklet filled with fun facts, games, quizzes, activities and stickers.

There’s also Be Bully Free – a practical, hands-on guide to help anyone who has experienced bullying. Initially locally published, it has now been picked up be a leading London publisher and is selling world-wide.

Michael's latest book, 44 Hours, is perhaps his most intriguing yet. It's a spine tingling and creepy thriller about a boy who is told he has just 44 hours to live... and there's a BIG twist in the tale. 

Will Kostakis

Will Kostakis

Will Kostakis is an award-winning author for young readers. As a high school student, Will won Sydney Morning Herald Young Writer of the Year for a collection of short stories.

His first young adult novel, Loathing Lola, was released when he was just nineteen. His second, The first third, won the 2014 Gold Inky Award and was also shortlisted for the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year and Australian Prime Minister's literary awards.

Will’s latest book, Monuments, is his first fantasy adventure novel.

Lee Kofman

Lee Kofman

Dr Lee Kofman spent ten years researching issues around body image and visible difference. She is also an author and editor of seven books.

In her most recent book, the critically acclaimed memoir Imperfect, she tells her story of growing up while suffering anguish about her body that was severely scarred during multiple childhood surgeries, and later in life raising a child with albinism. Drawing on Lee’s experience and research, Imperfect also explores how we can live a fulfilled life in an ‘imperfect’ body.

Lee is also a passionate and versatile teacher. She used to teach social sciences across three major universities, and for the last 13 years she has been regularly teaching a wide range of writing workshops all around Australia.

She is a candid, engaging and warm speaker about body image, visible differences, parenting and the art of writing. She also often discusses migration, having written extensively about her two migrations: from Russia to Israel, and later to Australia. And she is an experienced panel moderator, who has interviewed many well-known Australian and international authors. She speaks regularly at literary festivals, libraries, bookshops and in the media.


Short Story Competition Prizes(PDF, 659KB)

Short Story Competition Tips and Tricks(PDF, 209KB)


Junior A: Prep - Year 3

1st  Prize:  Sukham Thakur - The case of the missing mint soup(PDF, 148KB)

2nd Prize:  Rameen Talka - Supercat and Little Kitten in Winter Wipeout(PDF, 6MB)

3rd  Prize:  Luca Tanaskovski - SPIRIT: The journey of one brave Edmonstosaurus(PDF, 2MB)   

Highly commended:  Aneesha Pratheep – Friendship(PDF, 71KB)

First time entry award:  Sithuli De Silva -  The Wishing Owl(PDF, 2MB)

Junior B: Year 4 - Year 6

1st  Prize:  Dominic Caye Espana Anellano - Embers(PDF, 30KB)

2nd Prize:  Zara Meilak Karunatileke – How the aboriginal flag got its colours(PDF, 180KB)

3rd  Prize:  Meha Modi  - Gaia(PDF, 87KB)

Highly commended:  Riley Peldys - The Orangutans Message(PDF, 111KB)

Highly commended:  Samaira Venkat - The river of remorse(PDF, 116KB)

First time entry award: Madi Ellis - Gulity(PDF, 911KB)

Teenage: Year 7 - Year 12

1st Prize:  Kayla Bopp-Taylor – Wings of war(PDF, 498KB)

2nd Prize: Isabella MacPherson - Dulce et Decorum est(PDF, 69KB)

3rd Prize:  Matilda Prelec - Mandatory Mission(PDF, 83KB)

Highly Commended:  Aleyna Beki - Last Time(PDF, 68KB)

Highly Commended:  Mindy Lay - Duplicity(PDF, 80KB)

1st time entry award:  Nivedhaa Nandakumar – Famous Suffragettes(PDF, 409KB)

Adult: 18 years

1st Prize:  Janeen O’Connell -  Irish girls can weave(PDF, 193KB)

2nd Prize: Emma Manning - Lemons and leaves(PDF, 56KB)

3rd Prize: Gregory Ballinger - Tomato terror(PDF, 87KB)

Highly commended:  Ross Van Brink – Father and child(PDF, 185KB)

1st time entry award:  Geethanjali Thenisseri Veetil – A colourful life(PDF, 322KB)