The unofficial members’ homework

And just like that, we are back for another year of sharpening our skills or learning something new. (‘Never start your sentence with “and”, they say.’ Hm…) What are your writing aspirations for 2024? To start or finish a novel? A collection of short stories or poetry? A play or a TV script? To share the stories milling in your head with others? Or just to write because that’s what we simply enjoy? Whatever your goal, whatever your inspiration, keep your entries coming. The monthly winning story will be awarded a prize, and an opportunity to feature in our next anthology.

Our competition judges will select the monthly theme/prompt and genre for submission, so you can expect to challenge yourself in styles/genres that you normally wouldn’t write or attempt.

This competition is open to TWI financial members only.

We value all our members and need your energy to add to the vibrance of the monthly meetings at least twice a year. We do understand if you are located in a remote region or are unable to access the meetings. Please do try. We would love to see you.


JUNE Prompt: Spice

  • Genre: Fiction, non-fiction, poetry
  • Do not use the prompt as the title.
  • Length and Formatting Guidelines
    • Word limit: 0-800 words (no entry over 800 words will be considered)
    • Include the title, genre (if applicable) and word count on the first page
    • Do not include your name anywhere on the manuscript
    • Format: Times New Roman, 12 point, left aligned, 1.5 line spacing, indent each first line, page number bottom right, one space after full stop, ‘single quotations’ for dialogue, no underline, no extra line between paragraphs. Please submit your entry in a Word format.
  • To help you format a writing template (in Word), you can download a useful guide – Formatting your document for competition
  • ONE submission per author (there is no fee), as this makes it fair for everyone. Please note that by submitting you agree to have the work published on the TWI website. The author of the work retains their full copyright at all times.
  • How to submit: Send your submission and your name including your phone number and email address (within the body of the email) to: competition@tropicalwriters.com.au
  • Deadline for submissions: Friday 21 June 2024. The winner and runners up will be announced at our June member meeting.
  • Please note there will be no monthly competition in November.


MAY: Pride

  1. Winner: Hanging About by Ken Cotterill
  2. 2nd and 3rd places: Easy Picking by Robyn Kienzle; My Son by Jennifer Marsden

APRIL: Small Steps

  1. Winner: Step on It by Fay McGrath
  2. 2nd and 3rd places: Yellow Brick Road by Taylah Thompson; Mountain Madness by Robyn Kienzle

MARCH: Split

  1. Winner: The Gift of Giving by Philippe Savidis
  2. 2nd and 3rd places: Rocky Road by Fay McGrath; Dim Sum Dispersion by Joanne Chua-Robertson
  3. Judge’s feedback: You can find the judge’s comments and feedback relating to all entries submitted for the month here: Judges Feedback_March.


  1. Winner: Belle du jour by Joanne Chua-Robertson
  2. 2nd and 3rd places: Truth or Dare by Jeanette McInnes; Blood, Sweat and Ecstasy by Ken Cotterill


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