Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards 2020

I joined Ellen van Neerven, Carly Findlay, Clem Bastow, and Andy Jackson on the judging panel for this year’s Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards. The results were announced last night at an online ceremony hosted by Emilie Zoey Baker. Andy revealed the five category winners, and Lord Mayor Sally Capp announced the overall winner. It was a treat to hear Emilie perform a poem at the end of the event. Results and further info can be found at the Libraries section of the City of Melbourne website, here. Congratulations to all shortlisted and winning writers.

I thoroughly enjoyed working and deliberating with the other judges on these awards. The Libraries team was wonderfully supportive throughout. Thanks to every writer who entered work into the competition. It was a privilege and a pleasure to read all the entries.

The Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards encourage unpublished writers living in Victoria and celebrate Melbourne’s status as a UNESCO City of Literature. The aims of the awards are to support and give recognition to unpublished Victorian writers and strengthen Melbourne’s status as a UNESCO City of Literature, and promote the City of Melbourne and its libraries as a place of ideas and creativity.

7 thoughts on “Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards 2020

  1. Ooo! Sounds exciting. Is there a previous judging article that I’d missed? Because I’ve always been interested on what goes on on the other end of the desk in competitions. Would love to hear your experience.


  2. Such an interesting and uplifting experience Barry – well done. I have just read the winning poem and love its simplicity. I’ll be reading the others too…


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