WRITING COMPETITIONS

Find out details and download entry forms on this page.

Under the Silver Tree holds writing competitions to further our mission of encouraging reading, writing and the love of literature. We acknowledge the continuous support of John Wren at the Silver City Cinema and of West Darling Arts.

For the purposes of our competitions *Western Region is defined as a resident of Far West NSW, the areas encompassed by Broken Hill

City Council, Wentworth Shire Council, Central Darling Shire and the Western Unincorporated Area.

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SILVER TREE SHORT STORY COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Congratulations to all the contributors and winners 


“The world is round and what might seem like the end may also be only the beginning.”


Results of Short Story Competition

Open 

Winner

Christine Ellis – Take Me Back to the End

Highly Commended

Jess Andrews – Mirror Mirror

Deborah Huff-Horwood – The End Is Round


Local

Winner

Maureen Clark – Deliverance

Highly Commended

Cassandra Leighton – Full Circle

Jacinta Smith – Jeb Jockman


Junior 

Winner

Bryce Campbell -Gryphon

Highly Commended

Amy Coomer – A Thousand Funerals

Tessa Quinlan - Stop

FIRST PRIZE : $1,000
HIGHLY COMMENDED (up to 2 at judge’s discretion) : $100 each


ADDITIONAL PRIZES OFFERED BY OUR PARTNERS AND SPONSORS :

West Darling Arts Award to a writer from Western Region* : $500

Totally Addicted to Hair Award to a writer under 26 : $100

Vintage Cookbook

NON-FICTION WRITING COMPETITION RELAUNCHED

Opening date: 16th August 2021

Closing date: 1st August 2022 Revised date

Entrants in this competition will write a biography of a family member or friend who has spent a significant part of their life in the Western Region.

There are two sections:

  • one for individual authors

  • and another for collaboration

FIRST PRIZE - $500 (each section)

HIGHLY COMMENDED - $100 ( up to 5 for each section)
WEST DARLING ARTS PRIZE for writer aged 18 or under - $100

Do you have a great story to tell but need a collaborator to work with you to write the story? If so, you are welcome to contact Under the Silver Tree Bookshop who can assist you to find a collaborator.

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SILVER TREE POETRY COMPETITION

WINNERS ANNOUNCED 14 April 2022

JUDGE: Les Wicks, Australian poet, publisher and workshop facilitator 

FIRST PRIZE : $1,000 

BEST LOCAL* POEM: $300 

HIGHLY COMMENDED (up to 2 at judge’s discretion) : $100 each 

Word limit: 50 lines 

This competition is open to all ages 

THERE IS NO SET THEME OR STYLE

Silver Tree Poetry Entry form