***The 2022-23 Local Word Writing Prize has now closed.
Entries for the 2023-24 Local Word Writing Prize will open in August 2023***
Entries for the inaugural 2023 Local Word Poetry Prize open on 1 April and close on 1 July 2023. More information here
Judging has finished and we are very pleased to announce that the winner of the Local Word Writing Prize 2022-23 is Dani Netherclift, from Mansfield, Victoria, for her entry titled “Telephone and Address Book”.
Commended entries, in no particular order, are:
Claire Varley, Geelong, Victoria - “The Button Story”
Maria Joseph, Melbourne, Victoria - “City of the Drowned”
Chelinay Gates, Perth, W.A - “Fingers”
A huge congratulations to these four very talented writers!
The shortlist was selected from a longlist of 28 entries by our judging panel comprised of Vanessa Schernickau, Geelong Regional Library Corporation’s CEO, Professor David McCooey of the Faculty of Arts and Education in the School of Communication & Creative Arts at Deakin University, and Geelong Regional Library’s Virtual Writer in Residence, Louis Glazzard (from the United Kingdom).
We received a total of 597 entries to the competition, which was a fabulous response!
The overall winner of the Prize was announced at our World Poetry Day event on Tuesday 21 March at Geelong Library and Heritage Centre.
The Geelong Regional Library Corporation (GRLC) and Deakin University are pleased to present The Geelong Regional Libraries & Deakin University Local Word Writing Prize.
Entries of up to 3000 words are welcome from emerging and established writers in prose fiction and creative nonfiction.
The winner of the prize will receive:
Commended writers will receive:
Entries closed at 5.00pm, Saturday 28th January, 2023
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you require any clarification or further information regarding your entry.
Please take note of the application requirements carefully, as GRLC is unable to accept entries from or notify entrants that do not follow all the terms and conditions correctly: