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Youth Microfiction Competition

‘Explore, Discover, Sunshine’– Youth Microfiction Competition with Iden Ben-Barak

Are you a young writer who lives, works, studies or plays in Brimbank? Would you like to be? We would love to read and celebrate your work!
Brimbank is an area rich in writers and storytelling talent, and Brimbank Libraries are looking to celebrate the best microfiction stories from young writers that the Western suburbs have to offer!

We are asking all interested writers to submit bite-sized microfiction pieces of up to 200 words inspired by the phrase ‘Explore, Discover, Sunshine’. Each entry will be in the running for three hundred dollars in prizes, including a first prize of a $100 book selection from The Sun Bookshop in Yarraville.

Iden Ben-Barak will be judging entries.

The competition opens on the 17th of October 2022 and closes at midnight on Friday the 18th of November 2022. On the 3rd 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: Iden Ben-Barak

Iden Ben-Barak has written several books so far, including DoNotLickThisBookCover 16129 345x0BENBARAK Idan

  • Do Not Lick This Book 
  • Small Wonders: How Microbes Rule Our World
They’ve been translated into over a dozen languages and won a couple of awards. He has degrees in microbiology and in the history and philosophy of science, a diploma in library studies, and a day job that has very little to do with any of the above.


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. Prizes will be book selections from the Sun Bookshop, of $100/$50 for first and second placegetters respectively. Winners will be able to select books from the Sun’s catalogue which Brimbank Libraries will purchase for them.

Judges decisions on the selected winners are final.

Entries received after the closure date of midnight on the 18/11/22 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 ‘Explore, Discover, Sunshine.’ 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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