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2022 Storyfest Writing Competitions Now Open!


The Somerset National Poetry Prize


The Somerset National Poetry Prize encourages young writers in their literary endeavours and is open to all Australian high school students. It is a wonderful opportunity for serious student writers, encouraging them in their literary growth. And there are also some fantastic prizes on offer!

Here's what the competition entails:

  • Write a poem of no more than 50 lines

  • ​The Somerset National Poetry Prize is open to ALL current secondary students who are Australian citizens or permanent residents attending school in Australia. Students receiving home schooling are eligible to enter. Entrants must be under 19 years of age as of the competition closing date

  • The winner in each category will receive $300 plus flights to the Gold Coast to attend the Somerset Storyfest in March 2022

  • Closing date Friday 3 December 2021

Proud sponsors of the 2022 Somerset National Poetry Prize Competition Dr. Annette Allen of







Storyfest National Novella Competition


The Storyfest National Novella Writing Competition is open to all Australian high school students. It is a wonderful opportunity for serious student writers, encouraging them in their literary growth - and there are also some fantastic prizes on offer!

Here's what the competition entails:

  • Write a novella of between 8,000 and 20,000 words

  • Submit it by Friday 3 December 2021

  • Have it judged by an expert panel

  • Winners from each State will be flown to the Gold Coast to enjoy Storyfest in March 2022 and will also receive a cash prize

  • On top of the prize for being a State winner, the National winner also receives a first prize of $2,500

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