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Mayor's Writing Competition

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

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

Each year we receive 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 award the most imaginative and unique plots.

2021 finalists and winners

  • 5-6 years:
    • special mentions Sofia Burazer and Abigail Piper
    • encouragement award Aleera Murphy
    • runner-up Bella Cowling
    • winner Sunnie Thompson
  • 7-8 years:
    • special mentions Peyton Apps and Lachlan Hanns
    • encouragement award Zara McCarthy
    • runner-up Isabella Stanton
    • winner Poppy Mitchell
  • 9-10 years:
    • special mentions Evelyn Bailey and Joey Clark-Mori
    • encouragement award Max Kay
    • runner-up Abigail Heane
    • winner Daisy West
  • 11-12 years:
    • special mentions Sophia Carver and Makhenzie Mathie
    • encouragement award Naomi Steffan
    • runner-up Maison Heane
    • winner Ollie Burke
  • 13-14 years:
    • special mentions Erin Drewsen and Scarlett Walters
    • encouragement award Emma Penberthy
    • runner-up Charlie-May Hough
    • winner Angus Blythe
  • 15-18 years:
    • pecial mentions Makade Ethell and Bethany Russell
    • encouragement award Ryles Walters
    • runner-up Alana Holley
    • winner Sam Bath
  • Syd Hayes Creative Writing Award: Sam Bath

More information

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

Batemans Bay Library

Opening hours

Eurobodalla libraries are closed on public holidays.

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

Moruya Library

Opening hours

Eurobodalla libraries are closed on public holidays.

  • Monday to Friday, 10am-5pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm

Basil Sellers Exhibition Center (the Bas)

Opening hours

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

  • Tuesday to Sunday, 10am-4pm

Narooma Library

Opening hours

Eurobodalla libraries are closed on public holidays.

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