Youth Short Story Competition

Published on 15 December 2022


Deadline Extended to Friday 31 March


Build a Better World!

Entries are now closed. Good luck to all the participants!


We’d love to see you take up a creative challenge with a short story. Write on the theme of building a better world for your chance to win prizes and get printed in our short story anthology!  (Ages 12 – 18)


Check out these resources from our collection to get you started.


Category 1: Ages 12–14

Winner: $60 Readings voucher

Runner-up: $30 Readings voucher


Category 2: Ages 15-18

Winner: $60 Readings voucher

Runner-up: $30 Readings voucher


All winners and runners-up will also get the chance to have their story published in our short story anthology and receive a copy of a novel by guest judge Alison Evans, or an Australian short story collection from either the #LoveOzYA series or the Growing Up in Australia series (subject to availability)


Please read the terms and conditions before entering the competition.

Terms and Conditions

  1. The promoter of this competition is Hume City Council (Council).
  2. The competition is open only to people aged between 12–18 years who live, work or attend a school in Hume City.
  3. The Youth Short Story Competition is open for entries on 3 January 2023. Entries close on 31 March 2023.
  4. There will be $120 amount major prize/s and $60 amount of small prize/s, with a total prize pool value of $180.
  5. Prizes are non-transferrable and non-exchangeable.
  6. Entries should be submitted via the online form attaching the file type .doc or .docx, with numbered pages. Please do not put your name in the header or footer, so that blind judging can occur.
  7. Up to three short stories per person may be submitted.
  8. Submissions must be no longer than 2000 words.
  9. Stories submitted must be the entrant’s own work.
  10. All submitted entries are non-returnable.
  11. Copyright remains with the author, but by entering the competition the author grants Hume City Council license to use, name and publish the story for promotional purposes including publication in print, broadcast and/or electronic media without any fee payment, for the purposes of promoting the competition or areas related to the organiser’s work.
  12. Entrants under the age of 18 years must have the permission section of the online entry form completed by a parent or guardian agreeing to the terms and conditions.
  13. The judging panel’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Only winners and runners-up will be contacted.
  14. Winners will be contacted by 30 April 2023.
  15. Council will attempt to contact the winners and runners-up. If no contact can be made, entry into the competition will be regarded as permission to publish the entry and the winners and runners-up names in accordance with the terms and conditions of the competition.


Privacy Statement

Hume City Council is strongly committed to the responsible handling of personal information and protecting an individual's right to privacy, in accordance with our obligations under the Privacy and Data Act 2014 (Vic) and the Health Records Act 2001 (Vic). Council is collecting personal information for the purposes of the Youth Short Story Competition (2023), as specified in the terms and conditions. This information will be used solely for this purpose and will not be disclosed to any other party except as required by law. If you do not provide this information, Council cannot register your entry for the Hume Libraries Youth Short Story Competition 2023. You may access this information by contacting Council on 9205 2200.