February Writing Contest

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

In response to the pictures or the written quotes below, send in your poem, story or opinion piece and we will publish your submissions.


  • Email your entries to contact@hunterwriterscentre.org
  • The contest is for members only. Become a member
  • all entries, max 500 words (poems max 20 lines)
  • Max 2 submissions
  • Email subject header: February Writing Contest
  • Closes 28th February. Awards announced mid-March
  • Read the wonderful submissions to the May, June, September, and November contests
Pomegranates in a Basket - Margaret Olley

Pomegranates in a Basket – Margaret Olley


Chinese Fishing Village reclaimed by nature - grown over with vines and grass

Chinese fishing village reclaimed by nature

Bran Lloyd on Instagram: “Electrify ..."

Bran Lloyd on Instagram: “Electrify …”

Piet Mondrian

Piet Mondrian


Sun Tunnels - Nancy Holt

Sun Tunnels – Nancy Holt

Max Ernst - La belle allemande (The Beautiful German Woman)

Max Ernst – La belle allemande (The Beautiful German Woman)

colourful abstract painting of a seated woman by Del Kathryn Barton

by Del Kathryn Barton

Door in Paris at 29 Avenue Rapp, very close to the Eiffel Tower. Built between 1899 - 1901. Art Nouveau masterpiece by Jules Lavirotte

Door in Paris at 29 Avenue Rapp by Jules Lavirotte

A hospital bed parked in your lounge, subtle as a semi-trailer. 
Your trademark lip curl, still up for a protest. No, it wasn’t too much 
to ask, to check out from your own bed, but these nurses have a bad 
case of occ health and safety, sorry Dad. You are splintering, 
breaking. By Thursday, whipper-snapper strangers who only 
know you as a bent frame, come, go, witness your unravelling. 
Jesus, the indignity of nappies for grown-ups; not a murmur from 
you. (I recall your contempt for anything medical, your scathing 
rendition of that “How are we today?” bullshit in hospitals. 

―Fiona Lynch, Our Father.
Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.
- Katharine Mansfield
Bravery never goes out of fashion.
― Thackerary
My sons have been leaving me my whole life. 
In pieces, like fragments of ice or retina – 
they have been slipping from my vision, 
like words I can no longer read. 
They walk before me into the long days 
of adulthood; they do not turn. 

Kristin Hannaford, unmothering

Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt.

― Vonnegut