Victorian writers, put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboards) and enter the Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards. Supporting the talent and creativity of unpublished writers, the awards offer the chance to be recognised for your writing and win up to $12,000.Award categories
The Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards 2020 will include the following categories:
- The Dorothy Porter Award for Poetry (Up to 100 lines)
- Narrative Non-Fiction (No more than 5000 words)
- Short Story set in Melbourne (No more than 5000 words)
- Life Writing Award for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Writers (No more than 5000 words)
- Script/Play (No more than 30 pages)
The Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards 2020 sees the introduction of a new Feature category. The Feature category will change each competition, with the inaugural being Script/Play.
The Life Writing Award for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Writers will be awarded to an outstanding work focused on documenting, discussing or highlighting a uniquely Victorian story of Australia’s First People. This prize recognises the work of unpublished Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers and supports City of Melbourne’s ongoing commitment to promoting the richness of Indigenous culture and reconciliation.
Winning entries will receive a $2000 category prize. The overall winner of the Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Award will win an additional $10,000. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply for all categories.
About the Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards
The Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards encourage unpublished writers living in Victoria and celebrate Melbourne’s status as a UNESCO City of Literature. The aims of the awards are to support and give recognition to unpublished Victorian writers and strengthen Melbourne’s status as a UNESCO City of Literature, and promote the City of Melbourne and its libraries as a place of ideas and creativity.
Entries open Monday 2 March 2020 at 9am and close Sunday 31 May 2020.