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Children’s Short Story Competition Winners

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2022 Short Story Competition Winner is

The Mystery of the Lynne Grove House

by Dyuthi Alla


The range of stories entered this year was truly impressive and we very much enjoyed reading all of your hard work. Don’t be discouraged if you didn’t receive a prize this year – keep on writing!

Read more about this year’s competition – Judges comments

Read the winning story here

2022 Short Story Competition Short List

This year, we were thrilled to receive an unprecedented 195 entries into our competition, and our volunteer judging team has taken care (and a little extra time) in careful consideration of each entry. Congratulations to the following budding young writers:


The Swan by Naomi Darlison

The Town on Stilts Elsa Duncan

The Mystery of the Lynne Grove House by Dyuthi Alla 

Baa Wars by Eve Archer

Do You Remember by Sophie Ackroyd


Highly commended (In no particular order):

Wild Home by Aaliyah Smith; Tree by Lola Bogaard; Run Anya Run by Indiana Wright; Saving Susannah Place by Alexis Myers; I Love a Sunburnt Country by Bonnie Zhang; Vet Thu’o’ng (I was only 19) by Indi Bolitho; The Billabong by Chloe Symons; Potato Power by Elliot Stokes; The Hair-raiser by Lauren Renouf; Aussies in Arms by Fraser Kilimnik



2021Short Story Competition Winner is Concealed by Merryana Day


Congratulations everyone! Thank you to all of our wonderful young writers

for participating in this year’s Short Story competition.

We hope to see you again next year.

Read more about this year’s competition – Judges’ comments

Read the winning story here



Anatidaephobia by Malcolm Chan

Pricey Green Dreams by Macey Cole

A Comprehensive Guide to the History of Broccoli by Angela Li

Monkey Tales by Ella Tan

Concealed by Merryana Day

Memories in the Clouds by Toby Longshaw


Highly commended (in no particular order)

The Girl who could Fly by Meera Sreeraj; Time by Jessie Feng; One Last Month by Ella Keele; The Tower by Mariangela Paris De La Puente; Train by Liam Ferguson; Tanjiro and the Dragon by Thomas Armstrong; The Principal’s Secret by Minnie Petrie; Poverty by Alankrita Mishra; How to Blow up a Balloon by Bonnie Zhang; Butterflies Along the Wall by Aaron Ding


Children in Grades 4, 5 and  6 were invited to write a short story of between 1000 and 1500 words – on any subject.


Congratulations to Leonard Cavallaro, for GratitudeRead the story. Leonard has received $100 and has had his story published on the StoryLinks website.

This was announced at 3 pm on Sunday 1 November during an Australia Reads session online via ZOOM.
The shortlisted stories were read aloud. You can view the recording here on our YouTube Channel.


Short List

Congratulations to:

The Cookie That Could – Sara Allen

Gratitude – Leonard Cavallaro

Hope – Aaron Ding

The Pumpkin Puzzle – Matilda Rogers

The Mysterious Pen – Chrissy Zhang


Highly Commended (in no particular order)

Soar by Elijah Kenning; Pumpkin Pot by Monish Panyam; The Willow Tree by Aaron Ding; Slothi and the Mud Cake by Ryan Rupake; When the Sky Falls by Sienna Wilkinson; The Scar by Ayansa Nemdini De Silva; Eyes of Doom by Ky-An Vu; Hospital Check Up by Ameliana Scholl; Restart by Ayla  Usman; Maisie’s Journey by Maia Heron.





Congratulations to Be Careful What You Wish For by Toby Adeney

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