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Summer 2024


  • Entries close Thursday 29 February 2024, 5pm.
  • Submit your entries via the form below
  • The contest is for members only. Become a member
  • Maximum word count: 500 words (poems max 20 lines)
  • Max 2 submissions per member
  • Winners announced February 


First Prize: $100

Second Prize: $75

Third Prize: $50

Winning entries will be published on the Hunter Writers’ Centre website.


Write a piece inspired by one of the quotes or images below

Writing is the closest thing we have to real magic. Writing is creating something out of nothing, is opening doors to other lands. Writing gives you power to shape your own world when the real one hurts too much.”

R.F. Kuang, Yellowface 

One great thing about meeting someone you’ll likely never see again is that you can tell them anything about yourself without any consequences.

Carley Fortune, Meet Me at the Lake

She existed outside her own body-she was scattered across this ground-but somehow this made her feel less vulnerable. She was painted into this family, mirrored in her father’s face. She was more abundant than she’d believed possible.

Ann Napolitano, Hello Beautiful 

Some people say that compassion is the purest form of love because it neither expects nor demands anything in return...

— Terry HayesI Am Pilgrim

So many of the bad things that happen in the world come from people pretending to be something they’re not.

Paul MurrayThe Bee Sting

Outlaw. Rumrunner. Bootlegger. Blockader. I don’t for one second forget that what we are doing is illegal, but legal and illegal and right and wrong don’t always line up.

Jeannette Walls, Hang the Moon


89_Vanessa Turton_Let’s Do This 2022
Vanessa Turton, 'Let's Do This', House of Stories Artist at Lighthouse Arts
Anastasia Fua, The Black Series
Ruby Rikard, Unknown
Eric Alfaro Gomez, Dancing in the Water

Member's Writing Competition - Summer 2024

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