Story competition

Escape from Lockdown

Creators of all ages are invited to enter the 2021 Moreland City Libraries Short story competition.  Submit an entry that is written in 500 words or less, recorded or filmed in 5 minutes or less, around the theme ‘Escape from Lockdown!’

Entry forms are available at all Moreland City Libraries 

Download the 2021 Short story competition entry form 

Entries open Tuesday 1 June and close Sunday 18 July 2021. Winners announced Monday 23 August.


Up to 8 years old

Winner: $100 LEGO pack
Achievement: $50 book voucher

9 - 12 years old

Winner: $100 LEGO pack
Achievement: $50 book voucher

13 - 17 years old 

Winner: $150 JB Hi-Fi voucher 
Achievement: $50 book voucher


Writers Victoria membership + $100 book voucher
Achievement: $100 book voucher
Book vouchers are redeemable at most Australian book stores.

Conditions of entry

  • Entry is free and must be submitted by close of business 18 July 2021

  • Each entry must be accompanied by a completed entry form

  • Each written entry is limited to a maximum of 500 words

  • Each recited/filmed entry is limited to a maximum of 5 minutes

  • It is preferred that you type your written entries. Illustrated stories, and

    recorded stories with or without visuals are accepted

  • Recorded entries must include the name of the sound file on the entry

    form. The content and file name must not include the entrant’s name

  • Written entries must not include the entrant’s name

  • Only one entry per writer or reciter/videographer

  • Entries must be suitable for a general audience

  • The competition is open to anyone, except staff of Moreland City Libraries

    Moreland City Libraries reserves the right to retain, duplicate, display and

    publish any entry online.

  • Only first names will be used

  • Winners’ names will be announced by close of business Monday 23

    August 2021 and published on Moreland City Libraries social media.

    The judges’ decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered


  • Entries will not be returned. Please retain a copy of your story