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Grieve Writing Competition
in honour of Grief Awareness Month (August)
Closes Monday 25th May, 8pm (AEST) 

The 2020 competition has now closed.
Watch this page for more information in the coming weeks.

Do you wish to donate a prize to the 
Grieve Competition?
Remember a loved one via our In Memoriam project
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Past Finalists
Video-reading of 'Baby' 
by Shannon Hayes
about the experience of having a stillborn baby

Video-reading of 'Thirty One Steps Before I Bury My Sister' 
by Dan Shushko
about the experience of the death of your sibling

Video-reading of 'On Being Offered a Last Day' 
by Madeleine Dale
about the experience of reminiscing the life of a loved one

Video-reading of 'New Year's Day' 
by Ned Stephenson
about the experience of drought

History of the Grieve Project

Each year, Australians living here and abroad submit poems up to 36 lines or stories/personal essays up to 500 words and approximately 100 works are published in the annual anthology.
        The book is launched in August - Grief Awareness month in Australia.
        2020 is the 8th year of the project.
        There is now a dedicated Grieve Project website where people around the world can read the wonderful writings by Australians. You can also purchase a past anthology.
        The competition opens on Valentine's Day each year and closes in May. Judging takes place through June and we spend August sharing works in a variety of ways - online and at live readings.
        The team of judges come from all fields - grief and loss industries as well as from the literary world. The prizes are kindly donated by organisations and individuals. 
        Would you like to donate a prize in memory of a loved one or colleague? Learn more
Articles about Grief and Loss

Writing about Suicide.

Did you know, for every 1 suicide there are 5 suicide attempts?

“People feel they need to have a platform to be able to talk about suicide. Grief associated with suicide can be quite different . . . families often feel quite isolated . . . writing about it can provide a safe space for them to express and externalise their grief rather that can be quite internalised and kept silent.” Jenyfer Locke says. Hear her interview:

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