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Mayor's Writing Competition

The annual Mayor’s Writing Competition aims at encourage young people who live or go to school in Eurobodalla to get writing.

Each year, young authors between the ages of 5 to 18 are invited to submit an original work in any style of creative writing. Entrants can submit a short story, essay or a poem providing the writing adheres to word limits set out in the terms and conditions.

Usually, participants are asked to write a piece following a particular theme. This year, to encourage creative and original work, there was no set theme which gave writers the freedom to write about any topic of their choosing.

We received a flood of entries in the form of short stories, poems and essays. To select the prize winning entries from hundreds of submissions the judges awarded the most imaginative and unique plots.

2020 competition winners

Finalists' anthology

An anthology of the 2020 finalists' work is available for sale at the libraries or can be viewed in our catalogue:


As a result of COVID-19 restrictions concerning gatherings we were unfortunately unable to invite finalists to a live award ceremony. Instead, Eurobodalla Mayor Liz Innes announced the winners in a video on our Facebook page on Friday 23 October 2020.

Congratulations to all our finalists and winners!

5-6 years:

  • Winner - 'The Underwater Mission' by Noah Lloyd
  • Runner-up - 'The Kitty Cat Who Wanted to be a Dolphin' by Avalon Wehner
  • Encouragement Award - 'I Lost My Hat' by Abigail Piper

7-8 years:

  • Winner - 'True Sun God' by Charles Boardman
  • Runner-up - ' My Glorious Grandma' by Mabel Ladmore
  • Encouragement Award - 'The Story of Binman' by Moss Smith

9-10 years:

  • Winner - 'My Black Summer' by Sienna White
  • Runner-up - 'Speed' by Sean Peard
  • Encouragement Award - 'T Rex' by Quade Ryan

11-12 years:

  • Winner - 'A Dog's Perspective (as told by Millie Cavoodle)' by Iona Kelly
  • Runner-up - 'Tessa's Kick' by Charlie Hough
  • Encouragement Award - 'Almost Lost' by Indiana Sale

13-14 years:

  • Winner - 'The Wave' by Zahlia Kelly
  • Runner-up - 'Angels Slaughter' by Emilia Whitla
  • Encouragement Award - 'Under Pressure' by Sarah Tuckwell

15-18 years:

  • Winner - 'Companion' by Antoinette McManus
  • Runner-up - 'Chasing the Sun' by Mattea Kelly
  • Encouragement Award - 'Athenaeum of Adventure' by Teagan Moses

Syd Hayes overall competition winner for 2020:

  • 'The Wave' by Zahlia Kelly from St Peter's Anglican College.

Listen to the winning story

More information

To find out more about this competition contact your local library:

Batemans Bay Library

Hanging Rock Place, Batemans Bay

Opening hours

  • Monday to Friday, 10am-5pm
  • Saturday, 9.30am-12pm

Moruya Library

Vulcan Street, Moruya

Opening hours

  • Monday to Sunday, 10am-5pm

Basil Sellers Exhibition Center (the Bas)

On the corner of Vulcan and Campbell streets, Moruya

Opening hours

Please enter via Moruya Library. Numbers are limited to 25 visitors at any one time:

  • Tuesday to Sunday, 10am-4pm

Narooma Library

Field Street, Narooma

Opening hours

  • Monday to Friday, 10am-5pm
  • Saturday, 9.30am-12pm