‘I Love Writing’ Short Story Competition is being run in conjunction with the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival (BRWF 2020).

This short story competition is open to all residents and students across the Bellingen Shire and is free to enter. The theme for this inaugural competition is ‘heart’ and your work must be ‘fiction’. This word ‘heart’ must appear in your story.

Prizes include cash, books, vouchers, festival passes and books that can be signed by festival authors.

There are 4 categories for entries:

PRIMARY SCHOOL – Open to Students in Years 5-6 submitting entries via Primary Schools across the Bellingen Shire LGA.

SECONDARY SCHOOL – OPEN to Students in Years 7-12 submitting entries via Secondary Schools across the Bellingen Shire LGA.

YOUTH – Open to all young people aged 10-18 years of age, submitting entries direct online, who reside in the Bellingen Shire LGA (but who don’t necessarily attend a school in the Bellingen Shire LGA).

OPEN – Open to everyone over 18 years of age, submitting entries online (not restricted to Bellingen Shire residents).

Important Documents:

Guidelines for PRIMARY SCHOOL Entrants here.
Download Primary School Entrants Cover Sheet here.

Guidelines for SECONDARY SCHOOL Entrants here.
Download Secondary School Entrants Cover Sheet here.

Guidelines for YOUTH Entrants (10-18yrs) here. (Youth living in the Bellingen Shire but not attending a school in the Bellingen Shire)
Download Youth Entrants (10-18yrs) Cover Sheet here.

Guidelines for OPEN CATEGORY Entrants here.
Download Open Age Entrants Cover Sheet here.

Important Dates:

 Entries Open: ………………………     Sunday March 1st 2020

Entries Close: ……………………..…     Friday May 1st 2020 5pm

Short List Announced: ………     Friday May 22nd 2020

Winner Announced: ……………     Saturday June 6th Bellingen Library
(time to be confirmed)

Queries & Entry Submissions: email [email protected]