Open Writing Competition

Congratulations to the 2016 Open Writing Competition Winners

Poetry Section

Tony Hammill – Blood and Love: The Irish Saga


Short Story Section

Margot Ogilvie – The Legend of Paddy O’Malley



Enter The 2016 Open Writing Competition

 2016 Theme: “The Pioneer Flame”

Closing Date: Sunday 31 January 2016

Short Story Competition (1000 to 2000 words) 1st Prize $200

Poetry Competition (max. 48 lines) 1st Prize $200

$10 Entry Fee

Download entry form


Competition Guidelines:

  • An entry fee of $10 must be paid per entry.
  • Entries are to be formatted with double spacing, in a 12 point serif font, (preferably Times New Roman), with numbered pages, printed single-sided on A4 paper and stapled in the top left-hand corner.
  • The author’s name must not appear on the story or poem.
  • Up to three entries may be submitted per person, however each story/poem must be accompanied by a completed entry form and fee.
  • Three copies of each entry must be provided. Hard-copies only will be accepted.
  • Entrants are required to read the Terms and Conditions on the back of the entry form before submitting entries.


Submission Instructions:

All entries must be mailed or delivered in hard copy to:

John O’Brien Writing Competition
Narrandera Visitor Centre
141 East Street
Narrandera NSW 2700

Emailed entries will not be accepted this year sorry.

For further enquiries: Phone: 0400 346 043    E-mail: [email protected]