The Darebin Mayor’s Writing Award

The Darebin Mayor’s Writing Award is an annual award for writers who live, work or study in the City of Darebin.

Now in its fifth year the awards celebrate local writers and the stories that make up our community.

The winner of this year’s award will receive a prize of $1500. Additionally, two shortlisted writers each will receive a prize of $500. Entries will be judged by a panel of three professional writers: Louise Swinn, Susan Johnston and Adolfo Aranjuez.

This year’s award is for short works (700 words or less) on the theme:

The table is a  meeting place, even the simplest meal is a gift.

We are looking for stories about food and food rituals culture and traditions. The stories told at dinner tables. The smells, colours and textures of food and its preparation.

Works of all genres are accepted.

Entries open 14 March 2018 click here to upload your entry

Entries close 24 April 2018

Wining entry receives $1500 and two shortlisted writers will receive $500 each

Click here for Submission guidelines 2018


If you have enquiries please contact

Elizabeth Welch

Engagement Producer

Darebin Council







Darebin Mayor’s Writing Awards 2017 

Advice to a Young Migrant by Terry Donnelly

Last Week’s Lunch by Prithi Rao and
Spread by Sarah Walker

Sarah Walker was unable to be at the function to announce winners as she was travelling overseas at the time.

Check out the next edition of n-SCRIBE 12 for the full version of the winning entries.

dmwa-winners-2017   Darebin Mayor Cr Kim Le Cerf with Terry Donnelly and Prithi Rao

dmwa-winner-terry-donnelly   Winner of the Darebin Mayor’s Writing Award  2017, Terry Donnelly


About the 2017 Award:

Entries opened 24 March 2017.

Entries were submitted by Sunday 30 April at 5pm.

The winner was announced at a special event on Thursday 8 June, 2017.






Darebin City Council
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