No festival is complete without a writing contest and SLF is no exception.

We have three key contests:

  • Write Up for High School students in the Upper Hunter
  • Farmer’s Short Story
  • COMING IN 2022 Tertiary Writing Competition

Write Up

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

Students from from grades 7-12 are invited to submit their story with the theme of “For the Love of Words” in 500 words or less.  This is open to all high school students across our Upper Hunter LGA.  Entries will open in November 2021 and close January 30, 2022.

Prizes and opportunities to showcase your work will be announced by the Scone Literary Festival Committee soon.


Farmers Short Story

The short story writing competition for farmers launched in 2019  will be back bigger and better for 2022!

This year we will be extending entries to the entire Upper Hunter electorate.

This initiative forms part of our community outreach and is also an important nod to our literary links – Patrick White, Judith Wright, whose families were farmers in the Upper Hunter, and Barbara Baynton, born in Scone and noted for her short stories.

Open to any farmer – of any agricultural genre – the writing contest is for a farming tale. Tell us a story in 750 – 1500 words what it’s like living on the land. The short story contest has prizes to be confirmed at a later date.


2020 Winner

Farmer’s Short Story writing competition winner and Merriwa local, Annie Rodgers, reads her winning story at the Bush Poets Breakfast.











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Tertiary Writing Competition

Brand new for 2022 we’re welcoming Tertiary Students as valued contributors to our Little Big Festival with an all new writing competition!

We’re excited to be welcoming involvement from our up and coming generation in the 2022 Festival.  Details and prizes will follow soon, but sharpen your pencils and set your imaginations to simmer for when details are announced!