Bellingen Writers Competition

Announcement of the 2022 Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival Writing Competition

What a fantastic competition for young authors! see details below from the Bellingen Writers Festival website


The short story competition will be open across three categories;

  • Junior – Open to ages 7 – 12
  • Secondary – Open to ages 13 – 17
  • Open – Open to everyone ages 18+

Theme: Take the reins/rains/reign

This year’s theme is somewhat open to interpretation …

A story about the weather? About an ancient dynasty? A tale of horses, or of someone seizing the moment? It’s up to you how to choose.



  • First Prize: $50
  • Second Prize: $25


  • First Prize: $150
  • Second Prize: $100


  • First Prize: $300
  • Second Prize: $200

Entry criteria and details

  • Entry is free
  • You must live in the Bellingen, Nambucca or Coffs Harbour Council areas
  • Maximum Word Limit
    • Junior: 250 words
    • Secondary: 1000 words
    • Open: 1500 words
  • Fiction and creative non-fiction stories only
  • Entries Close May 20th at 8PM
  • By submitting your story, you agree that the decision of the judges is final.

How to enter

Visit Bellingen Writers Festival website for details