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 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.
UNDER THE SILVER TREE SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2023
2023 Short Story Competition
Opening 1st December
Creative writing contest with big prize money
Under the Silver Tree’s creative writing competition is now open and we’re offering big prizes to the winners. First place in the UTST Short Story competition earns $1,000 and there are special prizes for young people and local writers. Anyone over the age of 16 can enter.
Entry fee is $10, word limit 2,000 and the closing date is 12th April 2023.
This year’s theme is ‘underground’. Download the entry form for more information and quotes to inspire you.
Judge Claire Corbett is the fiction editor of Australian literary magazine, Overland. Claire teaches creative writing at UTS Sydney, and she serves on the board of Varuna, the National Writers’ House.
Enter as many times as you like. We want to read your stories!
SILVER TREE POETRY COMPETITION 2023
Opening: February 1, 2023
Closing: April 30, 2023
Sat 24 June 2023 at the Art Exchange, 313 Argent Street, Broken Hill at 6 pm.
JUDGE: Robyn Sykes - a multi-awarded poet and performer.
FIRST PRIZE : $1,000
BEST ENTRY from the WESTERN REGION* $300 donated by West Darling Arts
BEST JUNIOR ENTRY $200 donated by West Darling Arts
HIGHLY COMMENDED $100
Word limit: 50 lines
This competition is open to all ages
THERE IS NO SET THEME OR STYLE
NON-FICTION WRITING COMPETITION 2022
2022 Short Story Competition
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.