The Storyfest 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 2022 Somerset Storyfest, school-aged students are invited to participate in our National Novella Writing Competition. Entries open Monday 26 July 2021, click here for Conditions of Entry.

Entries close Friday 3 December 2021

2021 Winners
2020 Winners
2019 Winners
2018 Winners

2021 Winners

2021 National Winner

The String Quartet – Eden Annesley, Clarence Valley Anglican School


2021 State Winners

New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory
The String Quartet – Eden Annesley, Clarence Valley Anglican School

Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia
Strangers From Within – Cameron De Silva, Waverley Christian College (Wantirna South)

Queensland and Northern Territory
Bigger Brother – Bridget MacKay, Emerald State High School

Western Australia
Today Until Yesterday – Hannah Pemberton, Perth Modern School

2020 Winners

2020 National Winner

All eyes on us. – Lani Gibson, Miami State High School


2020 State Winners

New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory
The Fire Burning – Keely Mewett, Picton High School

Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia
Optimistic Fatalism – John Patrick, Home Education

Queensland and Northern Territory
All eyes on us. – Lani Gibson, Miami State High School

Western Australia
I am Death – Lottie Berinson, Mount Lawley Senior High School

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

2018 Winners

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


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