Once upon a time there was a city council encouraging budding writers across Townsville to enter the 2021 Short Story Competition before time ran out.

There are only four weeks left to enter the Townsville CityLibraries competition, which has a focus on families of all kinds this year.

Community and Cultural Development Committee chairperson Ann-Maree Greaney said the competition was a great way to flex creative writing skills.

“The Short Story Competition is always a delight, with so many imaginative and moving stories entered each year,” she said.

“We have four categories: First Five for families with children under five, children up to 11 years, young adult from 12 to 17 years, and adults from 18 up. This means that anyone can enter and go in the running for the first or second prize.

“Families entering into the first five category can draw a picture, take a photo, record a story or get creative in other ways to enter.”

Entries to the 2021 Short Story Competition are open until Tuesday August 31.

Age Category Max. Words First Prize Second Prize
First Five* (0 – 5 years) 200 $100 cash $50 cash
Children (up to 11 years) 500 $200 cash $100 cash
Young Adult (12 – 17 years) 1000 $300 cash $150 cash
Adult (18+ years) 2000 $500 cash $250 cash


For more information or to enter, visit Council’s website.