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December 2021 Writing Contest

Cash Prizes Awarded: $100, $50, $50

  • Email your entries to
  • The contest is for members only. Become a member
  • all entries, max 500 words (poems max 20 lines)
  • Max 2 submissions
  • Email subject header: December Writing Contest
  • Closes 16th January. Awards announced end January

Past contests: read the wonderful submissions 
May and  February 2021 

Write a piece inspired by one of the quotes or images on this page

“Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart.” 
Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

“Six weeks is a long time to wait, and a still longer time for a girl to keep a secret…”
― Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

“Gradually the waiting began to feel less like waiting and more like this was simply what life was: the distracting tasks undertaken while the thing you are waiting for continues not to happen.”
― Sally Rooney, Conversations with Friends

“War is peace. 
Freedom is slavery. 
Ignorance is strength.” 
― George Orwell,1984 

“I’ve looked at the world for quite a few years now and I’ve found that if I don’t laugh, I’ll probably end up crying.” 
David Eddings, Demon Lord of Karanda 

“They say it’s good to let your grudges go, but I don’t know, I’m quite fond of my grudge. I tend it like a little pet.”
― Liane Moriarty, Big Little Lies

“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”
― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird 

“It’s how I fill the time when nothing’s happening. Thinking too much, flirting with melancholy.” 
Tim Winton,Breath 

Matt Lauder – Wave Rider
Matt Lauder – Wave Rider
Adnate - Street Art Newcastle NSW
Adnate - Street Art Newcastle NSW
David Diehm - ‘Rays of Light’
David Diehm - ‘Rays of Light’
Ai Weiwei - Forever Bicycles
Ai Weiwei - Forever Bicycles
Cheela Plains Station sunrise – Dominique Ryan
Cheela Plains Station sunrise – Dominique Ryan
Alberto Giacometti - Dog (Le chien)
Alberto Giacometti - Dog (Le chien)
Vera Zulumovski - The Fountain
Vera Zulumovski - The Fountain
Fintan Magee - ‘Façade’
Fintan Magee - ‘Façade’
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