Young Writers Competition


Extended until February 29!

Have you written a great short story, or think you may have a fantastic idea for one?

The Maribyrnong Young Writers Competition gives you the chance to see your story published in our annual anthology, attend our prestigious awards ceremony and win prizes!

Young writers are invited to enter their short stories or short graphic stories into this year's competition, which is being held in partnership with Maribyrnong Libraries and the Rotary Club of Yarraville.

Entrants need to be between the ages of 6 and 16, be members of Maribyrnong Libraries, able to provide proof of age on request, and submit only one entry.

How to enter

Entries can be submitted via:

  • Library branch - pick up a paper entry form from Maribyrnong Libraries (Footscray, Braybrook, West Footscray, Maribyrnong, Yarraville). The story can be submitted with the entry form to any of our five libraries.


The competition has 3 entry categories. Entrants may enter once: either a short story in text, or a graphic short story.

  • Category 1 (6-8 years old): max 500 words for short story or 3 pages for graphic short stories
  • Category 2 (9-12 years old): max 1000 words for short stories or 5 pages for graphic short stories
  • Category 3 (13-16 years old): max 1500 words or 10 pages graphic short stories


Each story must be accompanied with an entry form. Short stories may be typed or handwritten, comic stories may be hand drawn or created digitally. Please number each page.

Closing date

Entries close at 11.59pm Thursday 29 February 2024 (extended from Wednesday 29 January).


Short stories and graphic short stories will be judged separately. A prize will be awarded for the winners of both short stories and graphic short stories in each category.

  • 6-8 years old: $100 book voucher
  • 9-12 years old: $125 book voucher
  • 13-16: $150 book voucher

Not a member? Membership is free and open to all Victorian residents. Sign up to become a member.

Online Entry Form

Submit your entry now via the online form below.

Click here to view form.

Young Writers Anthology 2022

You can borrow the Maribyrnong Young Writers Anthology 2022 through the library catalogue or read it online now.