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 2019 Somerset Storyfest, school-aged students are invited to participate in the Somerset National Novella Writing Competition supported by Penguin Random House Australia.

Closing date extended to Wednesday 19 December 2018

2018 National Winner
2018 State Winners
2018 Shortlisted Entries
Judges Notes

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

2018 Shortlisted Entries

Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and Western Australia
Red Ridge, White Snow – William Pieper, Home Education
The Intersection – Keely Mewett, Picton High School
A Higher Power – Grace Hu, Pymble Ladies' College
The Last Year – Georgina Lidgard, Applecross Senior High School

Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia
Body in Brighton – Imogen Reeves, Launceston Church Grammar School
First Forever, Forever First – Jun Tong Liu, Presbyterian Ladies College
Backyards – Abby Strangward, Frankston High School
A Million Unspoken Words – Angelina Goh, Presbyterian Ladies’ College

Queensland and Northern Territory
A Shadow of April – Ella Barnett, Murrumba State Secondary College
Twin Souls – Lauren Gray, Kilcoy State High School
Steph-VAN-ie Frik – Shavonne Jones, Varsity College
Grave Ties – Kodi Sawtell, Boonah State High School

Judges Notes