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Youth Microfiction Competition

'Sunshine in the future' - Youth Microfiction Competition with Sofie Laguna 

We're proud to share 2023's youth microfiction winners and shortlisted entries with our Brimbank reader community. 

Click here to read the winner entries with judges notes 

Click here to read this year's shortlist entries

Are you a young writer who works, studies, lives or plays in Brimbank? We would love to read your work!

Writers aged 10 – 18 are invited to submit a short story of up to 200 words on the theme ‘Sunshine in the Future’ between 16 October and 13 November 2023, to be in the running for $300 in prizes!

The competition will be judged by Author Sofie Laguna and writers’ works will be celebrated in an award ceremony on the 2nd of December.

The competition opens on the 16th of October 2023 and closes at midnight on the 13th of November 2023. On the 2nd of December at 1pm join us at Sunshine Library and online for a live awards ceremony and celebration of local talent, where winners will be announced and notable entries read aloud.

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See below for terms and conditions, along with submission guidelines.

Good luck, and we are looking forward to reading your stories!

About our Judge: Sofie Laguna

sofie laguna

Sofie Laguna originally studied to be a lawyer, but after deciding law was not for her, she moved to Melbourne to train as an actor.
She worked for many years as an actor before beginning to write books.

Sofie’s second novel for adults, The Eye of the Sheep won the 2015 Miles Franklin Award.

Sofie is now an award-winning author for children and adults. Her many books for young people have been published in the US, the UK and in translation throughout Europe and Asia. She has been short-listed for the Queensland Premier’s Award, and her books have been named Honour Books and Notable Books by the Children’s Book Council of Australia.

Titles include ‘Too Loud Lily’, ‘Our Australian Girl: Meet Grace’ and ‘Bird and Sugar Boy.’Sofie has recently released a number of books for children, including the novels, The Song of Lewis Carmichael, and The Glow, both illustrated by her husband, Marc McBride.   


Terms and Conditions of entry:

Entries must be a maximum of 200 words long (not including title and author details).

Entries longer than 200 words will not be considered.

All genres of fiction are welcome.

One entry per person.

Entries are open to anyone who lives, works, studies or plays in Brimbank.

There are two award categories: 10-13 years old, and 14-18 years old.

Two prizes will be awarded per category. Voucher prizes, of $100/$50 for first and second placegetters respectively. 

Judges decisions on the selected winners are final.

Entries received after the closure date of midnight on the 13/11/23 will not be considered.

If your story is selected for reading at our awards ceremony we will contact you for permission to do so.

Winning entries may be published on the Brimbank Libraries Website, and other Brimbank Council websites.

Entries are via email only. No physical paper entries will be accepted.

All entries will be collated into a collected publication, a copy of which will be sent to each participant. If you would like to your piece to not be published please state this in your entry.

Submission guidelines:

Please submit stories to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., using the subject line Youth Microfiction competition submission.

The theme/inspiration for entries is ‘Sunshine in the future.’ You may use this to inspire your story in any direction you see fit, and use your creative discretion as to how little or how much it influences your story.

Please submit entries as an attached Microsoft Word Document, with body text in size 12 Times New Roman or similar font.

Please include your name, age, phone number, email address, story title and a word count at the top of your story, as in the example below. These elements do not count towards your word count.

Example story submission:
Bill G. Shakespeare, (name) 12 years old
0402688744 (Phone number)
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (email)
Title of Story (Word count: 199 words)

(Write your story here, in size 12 Times New Roman)

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