The Scone Literary Festival has quickly gained a reputation in its short history, as a Festival that asks the big questions, creates a stimulating yet intimate atmosphere in a gorgeous, informal environment where readers and writers mingle together.

At SLF, we stand for the “love of words” and embrace diversity – of opinion, of literary genre and of the community through the curation of its program, author, topics, and events alike.  We love to tackle contemporary issues and savour some of the treasured questions, such as which book you’d take on a desert island and why?

Authors and attendees love our writers’ festival for just that … “amazed at diversity of audience and of speakers.”  They treasure that atmosphere and thoroughly appreciate our fabulous country hospitality.

Scone Literary Festival

“This year’s festival was outstanding – the best yet. The quality of the presenters was very impressive as were the topics and content of all the sessions. Thought provoking; topical; sometimes confronting, sometimes very amusing, certainly entertaining. The President and her committee need to be congratulated for putting on such an outstanding event, particularly in very challenging circumstances with the coronavirus situation changing all the time leading up to the weekend, sometimes daily. Well done to all involved.”


2022 Patrick White Oration

November 12, 2022

Scone Literary Festival Patrick White

Big announcement coming soon!

2022 Farmers’ Short Story Competition

Entries close 27 February 2022

Winners announced 13 March 2022

The short story writing competition is back bigger and better for 2022!

This year we are extending entries to the entire Upper Hunter electorate, and doubled the first prize to $1000.00.

2022 Write Up Short Story Competition

Entries close 27 February 2022

Winners announced 13 March 2022


One of our feature events, open to high school students across the Upper Hunter, ‘Write Up’ returns for 2022.

We’re looking for Upper Hunter high school students, and we’d like to hear your story! Tell us about you, your family, and your connection to ‘your place’ here in the Upper Hunter.


2022 Scone Literary Festival

Postponed until November 2022

The Scone Literary Festival has had to make the difficult decision to postpone the full three-day festival to November 2022. We are still planning a revised, reduced program for March 2022.

The writing competitions – Farmers Short Story Writing competition and Write Up for high schoolers in the Upper Hunter and Muswellbrook LGAs – proceed as planned.

More details on the modified, community event for the weekend of March 11-13 will be announced shortly.



Thank you to our partners and supporters who make the Scone Literary Festival possible. If your organisation would like to partner with us for our 2020 event, please contact us.