Boroondara Literary Awards

The Boroondara Literary Awards are run by Council in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Balwyn.

Held annually by the Boroondara Library Service since 1999, the Awards celebrate the creativity of writers and poets within the City of Boroondara and nationwide. We strongly encourage applications from young people.

Applications for the 2019 awards are open until Friday 30 August 2019, 5pm AEST


Winners of the 2019 Boroondara Literary Awards will be announced on Thursday 21 November in a special ceremony at the Hawthorn Arts Centre.

Prizes include:

  • more than $5,000 in prize money across various age groups in the Young Writers’ category
  • more than $3,500 in prize money in the Open Short Story category.

Winning stories

Winning stories from each category will be published in the Boroondara Literary Awards Anthology. The anthology can be found at:

  • your local Boroondara library to purchase or borrow
  • the State Library of Victoria
  • the National Library of Australia.

Word count

  • Young Writers’ Competition: Junior Category
    • Prose length: between 300 and 500 words
    • Poetry length: less than 100 lines
  • Young Writers’ Competition: Middle Category
    • Prose length: between 500 and 900 words
    • Poetry length: less than 200 lines
  • Young Writers’ Competition: Senior Category
    • Prose length: between 900 and 1,300 words
    • Poetry length: less than 200 lines
  • Open Short Story Competition
    • Between 1,500 and 3,000 words

Visit Enter the Boroondara Literary Awards for further detail on our categories.

More information

For more information, please email [email protected] or contact the Literary Awards Coordinator on 9278 4036.

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