We're living in a world of strange days. What better way to share stories and connect during a time of disruption and change, than a non-fiction writing prize? The theme: Strange Days.

Maybe it's an extract from your diary during your time in lockdown. Maybe it's a reflection on other strange days in your life. Maybe it's a reflection on the state of the world. Whatever "strange days" means to you, we want to hear it - in 1500 words.

Shortlisted entries will be read and judged by Helen Garner, a cherished Australian author and Moonee Valley local, and we couldn't be more honoured.

The winner will be awarded $500 prize money and publication on our website. The winners of second and third place will respectively receive $300 and $200, plus publication on our website.

Entries are welcome between Monday 20 September and Sunday 14 November. The winner will be announced in mid-December. Please read the submission guidelines before entering.

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Submission Guidelines

Please read the following entry conditions before submitting your work:

  • Entrants must reside in Victoria (Australia).
  • Entrants must be 18 years of age or over, as at September 20 2021.
  • All entries must be submitted online via the Moonee Valley Libraries website.
  • Submissions close on November 14 2021 at 11.59pm (AEST).
  • Late entries will not be considered.
  • Only one entry per person will be accepted.
  • The person entering the competition must be the author of the work submitted.
  • Entries must be written by one author only.
  • Entries submitted must be original and unpublished at the time of submission.
  • Entries must be 1500 words (give or take 10 per cent).
  • Entries are anonymous and cannot be marked with the writer’s name or initials.
  • The author’s personal name and details must be confined to the entry form.
  • The decision of the judge is final and no correspondence will be entered into or feedback provided.
  • Winners will be notified by phone or email by mid-December 2021.
  • Employees of Moonee Valley City Council and their family members cannot enter this competition.
  • Moonee Valley Libraries reserves the right to reproduce the entry in publications and/or promotional materials and products (including online), on its website and/or social media.

To assist with judging, please submit your entry with the following formatting:

  • Title of work to be displayed at the head of each page.
  • All pages must be numbered.
  • Entries must be typed in black size 12 font, 1.5 spacing.
  • The file may be a PDF or Word document.

Entry Form

Sorry, this competition is now closed.