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 CLOSING SOON


OPENING DATE: 1st November 2021

CLOSING DATE: 30th April 2022

Under the Silver Tree Cooperative Bookshop is conducting a short story writing competition, with total prize money of $1,500.

Entrants will write a short story of no more than 2000 words inspired by RebeccaWest’s quote:

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


This competition is open to all ages.

There is a fee of $10 for each entry.

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

Entrants may submit more than one entry.

The winners will be announced in May 2022 at a prize giving ceremony at the

Broken Hill Art Exchange

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