Short Story Competition

Calling all aspiring writers and storytellers! Melton City Libraries Short Story Competition is back for 2024.

Now in its 19th year, our annual Short Story competition is a great opportunity for budding creatives of all ages to showcase their talents and have their work reviewed by popular authors.

And it’s not just for writers! Your short story can be presented in any format including text, illustration, video, verse, voice, or a combination of any of the above. Written entries should be no more than 3000 words for adults or 1500 words for juniors and young adults. For other story formats, aim for something that takes no more than 5 minutes to experience.

Prizes are awarded to the best entries in Junior, Teen and Adult sections, as chosen by our panel of judges. Entries are open for all writers from prep to adult.

Entries open: Monday 6 May 2024
Entries close: Midnight, Friday 12 July 2024

All entries must be submitted online.

Submit Your Entry: Under 18  

Submit Your Entry: 18 and Over  

Before submitting, please read the Terms and Conditions of Entry.(PDF, 188KB)


Junior A (Prep - Year 3)

1st Prize: $300
2nd Prize: $200
3rd Prize: $100

Junior B (Year 4 - Year 6)

1st Prize: $300
2nd Prize: $200
3rd Prize: $100

Teen (Year 7 - Year 12)

1st Prize: $300
2nd Prize: $200
3rd Prize: $100

Adult (18 years and over)

1st Prize: $750
2nd Prize: $500
3rd Prize: $250

Additional information

  • Prizes will also be awarded for Best First-Time Entry and Highly Commended in each category.
  • In the event of a tie in any category, prizes will be added together and divided equally between the winners.


Junior Judge: Adrian Beck

Adrian Beck writes funny, action-packed stories for kids including his latest series Brock the Croc, as well as the Furball series, the Derek Dool series and the Little Legends series with Nicole Hayes, plus the Fox Kid series for children who find reading a little difficult.

Adrian has also written the much-loved picture books Stop The Dad Jokes! and Bears in Flares. Adrian is passionate about fostering a love of reading amongst the next generation and lives with his small sport-loving family in Melbourne.

Learn more about Adrian Beck.

Young Adult Judge: Lili Wilkinson

Lili Wilkinson is the award-winning author of nineteen books for young people, including The Erasure Initiative and A Hunger of Thorns.

Lili has a PhD from the University of Melbourne, and is a passionate advocate for YA and the young people who read it, establishing the Inky Awards at the Centre for Youth Literature, State Library of Victoria. Her latest book is Deep is the Fen

Learn more about Lili Wilkinson.

Adult Judge: Jacinta Parsons

Jacinta Parsons is a broadcaster, writer and public speaker who currently co-hosts The Friday Revue with Brian Nankervis on ABC Melbourne.

She released her debut memoir, Unseen – the secret life of Chronic Illness in 2020 and recently released her second book A Question of Age: Women, ageing and the forever self.

She began her radio-life at community radio station 3RRR over a decade ago and is a board member for Melbourne disability theatre company, Rollercoaster. She has been involved in the music and arts community for her entire career.

Jacinta has lived with Crohn’s Disease for over 20 years and is an ambassador for the Crohn’s and Colitis Association and speaks and writes about the impact of living with chronic illness.

Learn more about Jacinta Parsons.

Writing Workshops

Refine your writing skills and work on your Short Story Competition entry in our writing workshops!

Exclusive Writing Workshop: Developing a Short Story with Vikki Petraitis (Ages 18+)

Calling all writers! Join us for this incredible opportunity to refine your writing skills at our Short Story Workshop with writer Vikki Petraitis!

Whether you're an aspiring or well-established writer, this workshop will provide a wealth of knowledge to help you craft your next masterpiece to submit to the Short Story Competition!

Vikki Petraitis is a best-selling, award-winning author and true crime podcaster who has had over several million downloads and topped charts around the world.

In this four-week workshop, Vikki will cover everything from getting started, plotting, character development, setting, descriptive writing, giving and receiving feedback from other participants, and information on publishing.

Don't miss this rare opportunity to work this closely with an author on refining your writing skills.

Every Saturday from 1 June to 21 June
10am to 12pm, Melton Library & Learning Hub

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Pride Month Writing Workshop: Queer Spaces (Ages 14+)

Express yourself through writing this Pride month and learn something new in our Queer Spaces writing workshop!

To celebrate the queer community this Pride Month, we will be partnering with local queer author Matt Richardson (he/they) for a workshop on writing queer voices in science fiction and fantasy.

Pride Month occurs annually in June to commemorate the diversity of the LGBTIQA+ community, identities and history.

Matt Richardson is queer speculative fiction author and editor based in Naarm (Melbourne), whose stories experiment with points of view and the lives of queer characters in traditional fantasy and science fiction settings.

Explore queer identities and how they play out in your writing, in a safe and celebratory space. You might even use what you learn to help develop your entry for the Melton City Libraries Short Story Competition!

Writing materials will be provided, or you can bring your own notebook, or device, including speech-to-text software.

Saturday 8 June, 2pm to 3.30pm
Melton Library & Learning Hub

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Wednesday 26 June, 6pm to 7.30pm
Caroline Springs Library & Learning Hub

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Little Writers Writing Workshop with Andrew McDonald

Unleash your creativity in this fun, dynamic creative writing workshop with Andrew McDonald, the author of the bestselling Real Pigeons series.

Turn your story into an exciting, funny and weird piece of work. Enjoy lively writing activities and experimenting with ideas with Andrew’s writing toolbox.
This is the perfect workshop to start writing your Short Story Competition masterpiece!

Wednesday 5 June, 4pm to 5pm
Online via Zoom

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Little Writers (Ages 7 – 14)

Create imaginative worlds, colourful characters and stories that leap off the page! With fun writing exercises and helpful hints, we'll get you on the way to writing a book of your very own.

Wednesdays during school term,
4pm to 4.45pm, Online via Zoom

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Young Writers (Ages 14 – 18)

A safe and comfortable space away from school for budding writers to explore and build their skills with other likeminded young people. Each week will have new and stimulating writing prompts to help you flex those writing muscles.

Tuesdays during school term,
4.45pm to 5.30pm, Online via Zoom

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The Word Crafters Society (Ages 16+)

Join a community of like-minded writers, from those just starting out to published authors, all with a passion for writing. Brush up on your skills with planned exercises and supportive group members.

Every second Wednesday
6pm to 7pm, Online via Zoom

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