Presented by Independent Schools Victoria

Student short story competition


Suitable for

Year All year levels

Subject areas

Humanities, English

Entries to our student short story competition have now closed. We were thrilled by the response from schools and students across Victoria, and our judges are now assessing each entry.


Winners in each category will be announced in the lead-up to the festival, and selected stories will be available on our Short Edition Short Story Dispensers during the festival, located at the Atrium at Federation Square.


Selected works will also appear online.


We invited all young writers to be as creative as they could, and write an imaginative short story, up to 1500 words, on a theme of their choice.


Entries are being judged for:

  • originality
  • correct punctuation and grammar
  • emergence of a personal voice.


Stories are being assessed and judged by specialist educators at Independent Schools Victoria.


The competition was open to all Victorian students from all school sectors, and students who are home schooled.


There are six age categories:

  • foundation to year 2
  • years 3 to 4
  • years 5 to 6
  • years 7 to 8
  • years 9 to 10
  • years 11 to 12

The winner of each category will receive a book voucher.


The competition opened on 25 February 2019 and closed Friday 12 April 2019.


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