Competition 2021

Thanks everyone who entered this year. We had a huge response! The judging process is now underway. Results will also be on this web page in August. We’ll notify you by email if your story is going to be published in Stories From the Clarence Valley 2021 – Look Up.

Terms and Conditions

The theme for all entries in 2021 is LOOK UP. Interpret it anyway you like, and use it however you want – as a title, words in the text, inspiration for the idea . . . the possibilities are limited only by your imagination. A lot has happened in the past 18 months. Use it.

Email us your story at cvshortstories@gmail.com

Primary students in Year 1- 6 can enter stories of up to 150 words

High school students can enter stories of up to 500 words

Open section stories can be up to 2,500 words

The closing date for entries is 11pm June 4th, 2020. Late entries will not be accepted.


The shortlisted stories from each category will be collected and published in ‘Stories from the Clarence Valley 2021 – Look Up.’

Primary school students: Each story must include: the author’s name, the title of the story, word count, year at school, name of school, teacher’s name, and the category (Primary). If home schooled, please include home school contact details.

High school students: Each story must include a cover page with: the author’s name, the title of the story, word count, year at school, name of school, teacher’s name, and the category (High School). If home schooled, please include home school contact details. Write the title on each page of the story. Your name only goes on the cover page.

Open category: Each story must include a cover page with: the author’s name, the title of the story, word count, the category (Open), and email address or postal address. Write the title on each page of the story. Your name only goes on the cover page.

The winner of the open category will receive a $100 cash prize. Winning high school and primary school students will be awarded book vouchers.

The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Work will not be returned.

The author owns the story, but in entering the competition, the author gives permission to The Long Way Home to publish the shortlisted stories once, in the annual anthology, under the author’s name.

The Long Way Home does not generate enough income to pay authors for published stories, but each author will receive free copy of the book.

Stories can be emailed to cvshortstories@gmail.com Or you can post us a flash drive with your story to the Long Way Home at PO Box 604, Yamba, 2464 . Or post us a hard copy. We prefer digital copies.

Frequently asked questions

Am I eligible to enter?

If you live in the Clarence Valley, or you have lived here in the past, you can enter. Students need to attend a school in the Clarence Valley, or be of school age and have an address in the Clarence Valley.

What are the judges looking for?

We are looking for well crafted, powerful, original stories that move us. We look for authentic voices – with a touchstone of your own culture, your own experience, enlivened by your own imagination. Everyone has a story – leave it for Aboriginal people to tell their own stories.

Can I enter more than one story?

Yes. But make sure any story you send is the best it can be. Read it at least ten times, keep improving it, make every sentence work. Then send it.

Do I have to pay to enter?

No. Entry is free.

How will I find out if my story will be published?

We’ll contact you. The results will also be posted on this website, and on Facebook. We expect judging to be complete by August.

How should I format my entry?

Use a plain, 12 pt typeface such as Arial or Times New Roman. Use double spaces between the lines. If hand-written, it must be legible. Please number the pages, and include the title on each page.

Non-Indigenous writers writing on Indigenous themes

If your entry takes up the voice or experience of a marginalised or vulnerable identity, do you identify yourself as being a part of that community or experience? For example, if your piece is written in the voice of an Aboriginal person, are you Aboriginal? If not, maybe try something different. The most powerful writing comes from our own voice and experience and identity.

The Long Way Home is committed to supporting First Nations writers and the authentic voice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island storytelling. When judging stories we are guided by Australia Council’s Protocols for Producing Indigenous Australian Writing.

1. Respect

2. Indigenous control

3. Communication, consultation and consent

4. Interpretation, integrity and authenticity

5. Secrecy and confidentiality

6. Attribution and copyright

7. Proper returns and royalties

8. Continuing cultures

9. Recognition and protection.

For more information visit  

writing-protocols-for-indigeno-5b4bfc67dd037.pdf (australiacouncil.gov.au)