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Power of Words Writing Competition

The Winners

Congratulations to all those who entered, and particularly to the winners. Please see bottom of the page for winners bios.

Judges Report

This year’s competition launched at the Latrobe Literary Festival in May and closed in August. It did not attract enough entries to be able to award the full prize, and some of the stories did not meet the criteria of being fictional, rather than travel writing or memoirs. However, the entries that did fit the criteria were generally well-written and used the backdrop of Latrobe City in memorable and creative ways.

Judges were looking for entries that used the local setting intuitively, and that had well drawn characters, a developed plot and a clear structure. Points were also awarded for creativity and imagination. The three winning stories shared these attributes and the scores were very close. However, there was a clear winner, and that top-placed story was well written using a strong understanding of the craft of short story writing to entice the reader into the heart of the story.

Well done to all the entrants. Even if your story did not place, you still managed to put your thoughts down on paper and enter the competition. That is a win in itself.

Congratulations to our winner and runners-up. Here are the judges’ comments, author bios and winning entries.


About The Competition

The 2021 competition has now closed.

We know that Latrobe City has a strong and proud history of power generation for the state, but the City is so much more than that. Our ‘Power of Words’ writing competition aims to encourage pride in the City as well as promoting it as a place to visit, through story-telling.

Our library collection contains a wide range of items that may help you with your research and writing. Why not visit your local branch or our website for inspiration?

Stories must be fiction, but notably relate to Latrobe City in some way. They may be about:

  • our people and their creativity, cultures and traditions
  • our places, scenery and settings that shine and surprise
  • our rich history and heritage

Make your prose sing and put Latrobe City front and centre of your piece.



The competition is proudly supported by Reader's Emporium.

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