Short Story Competition

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

Our annual Short Story competition is a great opportunity for budding writers of all ages to showcase their talents and have their work reviewed by popular authors.

Your short story can be given 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.

The competition is open to all ages with prizes awarded to the best entries in Junior, Young Adult and Adult sections, as chosen by our expert panel of judges.

Entries open: Monday 20 June 2022
Entries close: Monday 15 August 2022

Finalists will be notified via email by Monday 30 September 2022.

All entries must be submitted online.
Submit your entry: Under 18
Submit your entry: 18 and over


Terms and conditions

  1. Entries open Monday 20 June 2022. Entries received after the closing date of Monday 15 August 2022 will not be accepted.
  2. One entry per person.
  3. All entries must be submitted online at The author’s name must NOT appear on the submitted work.
  4. The author must live, work or study in the City of Melton, or be a library member. Winning authors may need to supply proof of residency, work or study in the City of Melton.
  5. Employees and family members of Melton City Council and sponsors cannot enter.
  6. Entries must be the original unpublished work of the author.
  7. If written, the story should be legible, preferably typed in a clear font.
  8. If illustrated, the story should be in a format that is easily viewed and not too large.
  9. If animated, the story should be in a format that is viewable using Windows Media player.
  10. Stories should be within the prescribed limits: no more than 3000 words for adults, 1500 words for junior and teen, or 5 minutes long.
  11. Entries will not be returned and will be disposed of in a secure manner.
  12. The judges’ decisions are final.
  13. Finalists will be notified by Monday 30 September 2022.
  14. Winning entries, with the names of winning authors may be published by Melton City Council. By entering, you agree to have your work published.


Short Story Competition 2022 Terms and Conditions(PDF, 147KB)



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

Additional information

Prizes will also be awarded for the 'Best First-Time Entry' as well as 'Highly Commended' entries in each category.

In the event of a tie in any category, prizes will be added to together and divided equally between the winners.




This year's Short Story Competition judges are:

Favel Parrett

Favel Parrett's career was launched in 2011 with her critically acclaimed debut ‘Past the Shallows’. A heart-breaking novel, it was sold internationally and was shortlisted for the prestigious Miles Franklin Award. Her next novel, ‘When the Night Comes’, was also critically acclaimed and further consolidated Favel's reputation with booksellers and readers. Her success has continued with her eagerly-awaited third novel, ‘There Was Still Love’ and her first children’s book, ‘Wandi’.

Learn more about Favel Parrett.

Nicole Hayes

Nicole Hayes is an award-winning writer and podcaster, a Stella Prize Schools Ambassador and an Australia Reads Ambassador. Her Young Adult novel, ‘One True Thing’, was awarded the Children’s Peace Literature Award and was shortlisted for the WA Premier’s Literary Award, the WA Young Readers Award, the YABBA and KOALA awards. ‘A Shadow’s Breath’ was a finalist for the NSW Premier’s Award, the Gold INKY Awards and a CBCA Notable book. Her debut novel, ‘The Whole of My World’, a YA #MeToo novel set in the world of AFL, was longlisted for the Gold Inky Award, and shortlisted for YABBA and KOALA awards.
Nicole is also co-author of the popular AFL junior fiction series, ‘Little Legends’ and is part of the ground-breaking ‘Outer Sanctum’ AFL podcast. She teaches creative writing to adults and young people, and is pursuing a PhD at Deakin University.

Learn more about Nicole Hayes.

Katherine Kovacic

Katherine Kovacic is the author of the award-winning Alex Clayton art mystery series. She has also delved into true crime with ‘The Schoolgirl Strangler’ and brought the character of Peregrine Fisher from screen to page in Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries, ‘Just Murdered’.

Based in Melbourne, Katherine has a diverse background ranging from veterinary medicine to art history. When she’s not writing, she divides her time between a small family dog training business, and working in the heritage sector.

Learn more about Katherine Kovacic.


Need some inspiration for your Short Story? Check out last year’s winners below.

Junior A (Prep - Year 3)

First name   Title of entry
Michael The magical forest(PDF, 69KB) 1st Place
Aneesha   The magic tree and the future(PDF, 99KB)     2nd Place
Kathleen   Aliens take over Melton Shire(PDF, 65KB) 3rd Place
Ruhaan A hidden gem that sparkled(PDF, 120KB) Highly Commended 
Jaydrien The quest for the cure(PDF, 96KB) First Time Entry

Junior B (Year 4 - 6)

First name   Title of entry Place
Natalie Lucky(PDF, 104KB) 1st Place
Ethar KitKat(PDF, 121KB) 2nd Place
Madeleine Beyond the mysterious doors(PDF, 113KB)      3rd Place
Lina The sakura tree(PDF, 129KB) Highly Commended
Liara Carmen's battle(PDF, 42KB)  First Time Entry


   Title of entry
Susana    Adamma's perspective - leaving America(PDF, 89KB)     1st Place
Olivia    Forget me not(PDF, 63KB) 2nd Place
Talisha    Summer's sunsets(PDF, 58KB) 3rd Place
Aditya    Sherlock and the tiny dragon(PDF, 61KB) Highly Commended
Lilly    Knives(PDF, 93KB) First Time Entry


First name    Title of entry Place
 Cathy Sorrows from Saigon(PDF, 108KB) 1st Place
 Cyril The final report(PDF, 108KB) 2nd Place
 Antonio The rock goddess(PDF, 105KB) 3rd Place
 Amy And that's when I remembered(PDF, 158KB) Highly Commended

      First Time Entry