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

We have two key contests:

  • Write Up for High School students in the Upper Hunter
  • Farmers Short Story

Write Up

One of the feature events and is open to high school students across the Upper Hunter region.

Students from Scone High School, Scone Grammar School (grades 7-12), Merriwa Central School (grades 7-12), St Joseph’s High School Aberdeen and Muswellbrook High School are invited to submit their story with the theme of “For the Love of Words” in 500 words or less.

Winners will have the chance to share the $1000 prize pool allocated by the Scone Literary Festival Committee as well as secure the opportunity to showcase their writing at the Festival. The Winner of the competition will also receive free entry tickets to the Festival.

APPLICATION FORM (coming soon)

Farmers Short Story

The inaugural short story writing competition for farmers launched in 2019 for the 2020 Festival.

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 of up to $750.00 with tickets to the Bush Poet’s Breakfast where the winner will be announced.


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