The Somerset National Novella Writing Competition is open to all Australian high school students. It is a wonderful opportunity for serious student writers, encouraging them in their literary growth - and there are also some fantastic prizes on offer!

As a part of the 2020 Somerset Storyfest, school-aged students are invited to participate in the Somerset National Novella Writing Competition supported by Penguin Random House Australia.

2019 Winners
2019 Shortlisted Entries
2018 National Winner
2018 State Winners

2019 Winners

National Winner
To Challenge the Ocean – Kate Alfano, Sacre Coeur


State Winners
New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory
Drain – Keely Mewett, Picton High School

Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia
To Challenge the Ocean – Kate Alfano, Sacre Coeur

Queensland and Northern Territory
The Traitors Mask – Patti Mooreswell, Noosa Pengari Steiner School

Western Australia
Lift Me Up – Jacki Elezovich, Swan Valley Anglican Community School

2019 Shortlisted Entries

New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory
Sa – Claire Luther, Hornsby Girls High School
Water’s Bane – Nikola Bratkovic, Redfield College
City of Dreams – Matilda Farr, Home School
Drain – Keely Mewett, Picton High School
The Guilty Act – Grace Pizarro, St Columbas Catholic College
The Martian Wells – Grace Hu, Pymble Ladies’s College

Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia
Boy – Claire Hennessy, St Dominic’s Priory College
The Living – Tahnisha Gosney, Melton Secondary College
To Challenge the Ocean – Kate Alfano, Sacre Coeur
A Viral Infection – Sarah Lam, Presbyterian Ladies’ College
The Cagebirds – Angelina Goh, Presbyterian Ladies’ College

Queensland and Northern Territory
Mr Mystery – Shavonne Jones, Shavonne Jones
The Watcher’s Knowledge – Hannah Rowlands, Charlotte Mason College
The Culling – Lani Gibson, Miami State High School
Freakshow – Ashlee Redmond, Tamborine Mountain College
The Traitors Mask – Patti Mooreswell, Noosa Pengari Steiner School
The Dark Reign – Tahlia Allen, Kenmore State High School
Catching the Falling Sun – Grace Curley, Home School

Western Australia
Lift Me Up – Jacki Elezovich, Swan Valley Anglican Commnuity School
Splat – Dev Sheth, Hale School
Adventures in Nowhere – Helen Lovegrove, Presbyterian Ladies’ College, Perth
Step by Step – Helen Lovegrove, Presbyterian Ladies’ College, Perth

2018 National Winner

Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia
Backyards – Abby Strangward, Frankston High School

2018 State Winners

Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and Western Australia
A Higher Power – Grace Hu, Pymble Ladies' College

Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia
Backyards – Abby Strangward, Frankston High School

Queensland and Northern Territory
Grave Ties – Kodi Sawtell, Boonah State High School