Story competition

Escape from Lockdown

Creators of all ages are invited to enter the 2021 Merri-bek 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 Merri-bek 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 Merri-bek 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 Merri-bek 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