Dickinson Memorial Literary Competition for 2019

Braille House is proud to announce that the Dickinson Memorial Literary Competition for 2019 is now open for entries from all Australian residents and the theme is FREEDOM.

Spread the word about this opportunity to pen a short story or poem and be in the running to win cash prizes in this year’s Dickinson Memorial Literary Competition which is a National literary competition and is for children and adults who are blind or have low vision. 

For more information and entry forms visit the Braille House website–


This year, for the first time, there is a special “People’s Choice” award that will be open to anyone (even if you are sighted), all entries in this category will be published on the Braille House website and the audience will get to choose the winner. 

There are categories for all ages to enter and prize money is awarded in every category: $350 first prize per category and $150 second prize per category (judges decision is final). 

6 Categories of Entry:

1)      Adult  Short Story

2)      Adult  Poem/Song Lyrics/Limerick

3)      Adult Article/Opinion eg: self-reflection, blog

4)      Senior Student Creative Category, eg: story, poem, song lyrics, limerick, blog

5)      Junior Student Creative Category, eg: story, poem, song lyrics, limerick, blog

6)      Peoples Choice Category – Short Story.  All entries will be published online for the public to vote. 

Manuscripts must be an unpublished work, not on offer for publication before the announcement of awards and not have been recognised in any other competition.

Entries close Friday August 30. Entries should be submitted in hard copy Braille, Simbraille or Duxbury-readable file or in a Word document 

Sally Balwin – General Manager of Braille House said: 

“Braille House is proud to once again be inviting writers who are blind or have low vision of all ages and from all over Australia to submit manuscripts for the 2019 Dickinson Memorial Literary Competition. This is a great opportunity to showcase the abilities of some very talented Australian writers”.


Wednesday 19 June, 2019
Friday 30 August, 2019

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