BookNest  Writing  Competition and Activities 

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Judging in progress.

BookNest Writing Competition

Five sections:

Open age for fiction and poetry and three age-based fiction sections for younger writers

Link to entry form; Word,  PDF

Link to full terms and conditions


Entries (12pt, double spaced with no identifying information, apart from title), and entry form with title, to be e-mailed to

between 26 September &11 November

The competition is made up of four (4) short story categories and one (1) poetry category. 
Short Stories
* Open Age (up to 3000 words)
1st Prize: $500, 2nd Prize: $250
* Young Writer – Senior Category (to 18 years of age at 11/11/22) up to 1300 words
1st Prize: $300, 2nd Prize: $150
* Young Writer – Middle Category (to 15 years of age at 11/11/22) up to 1000 words
1st Prize: $200, 2nd Prize: $100
* Triangle Junior Writer Category (Primary School Years) up to 500 words
1st Prize: $100, 2nd Prize: $50
Poetry (up to 40 lines)
* Open Age
1st Prize: $500, 2nd Prize: $250

We plan to have an event to announce the results on January 28, 2023.

Writing Group

Next writers' meetings.


24 October and 7 November. 2pm to 4pm at MIRA

To contact us, use the form in the Contact page

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

We will be meeting fortnightly on Mondays (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 Writing Events
Other Groups

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. 


See our events  and news pages for more details

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.

Other links

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.

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