Email your story to More info at our competitions page

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.

Long Way Home writers on writing

Stephanie Haines, Tommy Welham, Jackie Samms and Nadia Smith in conversation with Claire Aman at Grafton Library

Stories from the Clarence Valley, 2020 – Land/marks. This totally homegrown book features outstanding entries from the Long Way Home Writing Competition 2020. The best part about this project is seeing the writers (and their friends and family) finding their story in the book and seeing their name in print. Congratulations to you all! For those who are new to this project, it’s run 100% by volunteers. It’s a love project to encourage and celebrate storytelling in the Clarence Valley. Proceeds from the book pay for a new book to be published the following year. Thanks for all your support!

2020 – the year that is.

In these times, writing is becoming more and more necessary. We need to observe, imagine, remember, connect. Our stories are warnings and celebrations. All our lives, what we remember are stories. In the future, that’s how people will know about us.

This small, local, independent writing project grows more writers each year. People who don’t know they can write, become writers. Writers of all ages become published authors. Together we’re putting the Clarence Valley on the writing map.

Best wishes everyone

Claire Aman and Erin Brady

The Long Way Home