Creative writing competition open to Highlands residents

Published on 07 April 2022

People taking notes

Wingecarribee Shire Council Public Libraries are calling on budding Highland authors to enter the Living Stories Western Sydney Writing Prize.

Council’s Chief Information Officer John Crawford said it was the first time the creative writing competition had expanded beyond Western Sydney.

“We’re thrilled WestWords have included our Shire in this year’s competition,” he said.

Mr Crawford said an overall prize pool of over $10,000 was on offer across this year’s competition with the theme being ‘THINGS UNSAID’.

“The organisers chose the theme based on the events of the past two years,” Mr Crawford said. “During this time many people re-evaluated their lives and priorities.”

“Some people discovered new things about themselves, about others, and yet so many things have been left unsaid.

“Hence the theme for this year’s creative writing competition,” Mr Crawford said.

Poems, stories or personal essays can be submitted across four categories with a maximum of 500 words.

Age categories include 10-12 years, 13-15 years, 16-18 years and adults (18+).

For more information on the Living Stories Creative Writing Competition, visit

Entries close midnight, Sunday 1 May 2022.

Entries must be submitted online at

In conjunction with the creative writing competition, Council’s Public Libraries will also host a series of free writing workshops on Thursday 21 April 2022.

For more information on Council’s creative writing workshops, including registration details, visit Bookings are essential.

WestWords is a not-for-profit literary arts charity working across Greater Western Sydney.

The Living Stories Western Sydney Writing Prize is proudly supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW as part of Arts Restart.