Microfiction Competition

Word Play 2023

Calling all young writers! Brisbane Writers Festival and The University of Queensland present the annual schools’ microfiction competition, open to Queensland-based students. The 2023 prompt is... The Unknown.

Entrants are invited to respond to the prompt in no more than 120 words, using any written format (verse/prose). Shortlisted entrants will be invited to present a reading of their microfiction at the awards ceremony at the Festival. The winner will receive a book pack for your school and a cash prize, $1,000 for the senior (secondary school) category and $500 for the junior (primary school) category. Click below to enter.

This competition is now closed for submissions. Thank you to all the entrants.

#Judging Panel

#2023 Shortlist

#2023 Winners!

Read the winning entries here!

#Photo Gallery

Junior Category winner: Clarence Poulsen

Junior Category winner: Clarence Poulsen

Senior Category winner: Alexandra Dunn

Senior Category winner: Alexandra Dunn

#Microfiction Readings & Announcement Ceremony

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Microfiction Readings & Announcement Ceremony


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Microfiction Readings & Announcement Ceremony

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#Writing Microfiction: Classroom Resource

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