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Write Across Victoria Competition

Write Across Victoria is a creative writing competition for Victorian students in years 7, 8 and 9.

Congratulations to everyone who entered the competition, and to the finalists and winners. The winners and finalists were awarded  during Melbourne Writers Festival’s Schools’ Program on Thursday 30 August 2012, in Getting Started & Write Across Victoria, hosted by Express Media in BMW Edge with H J Harper, Michael Pryor, and Lili Wilkinson.

Click here to read the winning stories (PDF 169 KB).

Thank you to Bettie Kornhauser for generously providing prizes for Write Across Victoria and to all our sponsors and story starters.

Here is a reminder of the fantastic story starters that students were able to use to kick-start their writing:

Story starters

Michael Pryor
Young genius Lucius Dalworthy climbed from his Subterranean Tunneller, straightened his top hat, and strode into the underground chamber. ‘Surrender!’ he cried. ‘There is no escape for you now!’

Standing amid the steam and dust, Cressida Mandeville – his equally young and equally brilliant arch-enemy – raised an eyebrow. ‘That’s odd. I was just about to say the same thing to you.’

H J Harper
I wasn’t certain what had attracted the plague of creatures, but it probably had something to do with my aunt’s ancient recipe book. I flipped to the faded black cover and looked at the title:

‘Curses for the Apocalypse,’ I read. ‘Maybe I shouldn’t have messed with this after all…’

Lili Wilkinson
Did you know that tinned food was available 30 years before the invention of the tin-opener? In much the same spirit, my feelings for Avery Whitbread exploded into being long, long before Avery had any idea that I existed.

Terms and conditions

Conditions of entry: This competition is open to all Victorian secondary students in years 7, 8 and 9. The judge's decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. One submission per student will be accepted and entries will not be returned. Only entries submitted online via the Write Across Victoria Entry Form will be accepted. The work of one overall winner and six finalists will be published online at, and The overall winner will also be published in Voiceworks magazine. Entries close at 5pm on Friday 6 July 2012. Winners will be notified by email on Monday 30 July 2012.    






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