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BookNest  Writing  Competition and Activities 

2023 BookNest Writing Competition

Open 22 May to 31 July.


Open fiction

Young writers (under18) fiction

Primary students fiction

Open poetry

Awards event scheduled for Cup Day weekend.

Entry forms and terms and conditions available here.

* Terms and conditions (pdf)

* Entry form (docx) edit and email


* Entry form pdf. Print, fill in, scan and email.

Email form and entry as separate files


Writing Group

Next writers' meeting.


June 5. 2pm to 4pm at MIRA

To contact us, use the form in the Contact page


2022 Writing Competition 

Click here for full results and links to prize-winning entries.

Link to 2022 entry form; Word,  PDF

Link to 2022 full terms and conditions

Following a "covid gap", BookNest support of writing is being revived as a (usually) fortnightly meeting of writers and potential writers.

We will be meeting on Mondays (usually, but not always, fortnightly on yellow bin day) at MIRA from 2 pm to 4pm.

We aim to offer a supportive atmosphere for people of all ages and encourage them to write about what interest them: memoirs, short stories, humour, children's books, diaries, poetry, song lyrics - the list is endless.

There are no set-down rules for this group - we simply wish local people to come in and write.

We now have a blog for small pieces of writing

Other Groups
Other BookNest Writing Events

Over 2019, BookNest organised a series of 5 writing  workshops led by established writers. 

This led to a "Reading our writing" evening event at MIRA.

Following this, a small group of (mainly) workshop participants met monthly to discuss writing. 

Early in 2021, BookNest organised two evenings at MIRA where published authors talked about their books. 

Goulburn Valley Writers Group are based in Shepparton. Their website has a range of resources including sales of the magazine publishing their writing and a link to current writing competitions.

See our events  and news pages for more details

Other links about writing

Writing about plague (from The Conversation)

A publisher's helpful suggestions. (From The Guardian)


Short Course: Spelling for on-line bigots (from The Shovel} 


It's at times like this ... that I really wish I'd listened to what my mother told me when I was young.

Why, what did she tell you?

I don't know. I didn't listen.

From Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

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