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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.

2022 theme: Magic

This year a theme has been selected to provide some extra inspiration. Chosen by Mayor Mathew Hatcher, the theme of 'magic' needs to be incorporated in your entry.

Entries closed

Entries for the Mayor's Writing Competition are now closed.

Eurobodalla Mayor Mathew Hatcher will announce the winners on Monday 12 September 2022.

We will contact finalists in early August to invite them to the award presentation.

Prizes

  • Overall winner will receive the Syd Hayes Award.
  • Winners in each school year category will receive a $50 book voucher.
  • Runners-up in each school year category will receive a $30 book voucher.
  • Judge’s certificates of encouragement and special mentions.
  • the Judge’s decision is final and only finalists will be contacted.

You can download a copy of the terms and conditions:

2021 finalists

View an anthology of the 2021 finalists' work in the library catalogue.

More information

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

Batemans Bay Library

Opening hours

  • Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm
  • Saturday, 9.30am to 12pm
  • Closed Sunday and public holidays

Moruya Library

Opening hours

  • Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4pm
  • Closed public holidays

Basil Sellers Exhibition Center (the Bas)

Opening hours

Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 4pm

Please enter via Moruya Library.

Narooma Library

Opening hours

  • Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm
  • Saturday, 9.30am to 12pm
  • Closed Sunday and public holidays