Member Competitions

2020 TWI Writing Competition


2020 is here and it’s time to kick off the writing year with our 2020 Writing Competition. It’s a chance to achieve a short term writing goal and win a $20 voucher from your local bookstore.

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.

Good luck!

This competition is open to TWI financial members only.

The November prompt is:


Submission guidelines

Open: short story, fiction, non-fiction, poem/prose

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, double 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 below.

Formatting your document for competition

Up to two entries can be submitted (there is no fee). Please note that by submitting entries 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:

Deadline for submissions: Friday 20 November
The winner and runners up will be announced in our November newsletter or at our November meeting, if held.



NOVEMBER: Hearts a Burning
Winner: 1985 by Alex Holborn
1st and 2nd runners up: Fire and Passion by Jeanette McInnes; Do No Harm by Philippe Savidis

Winner: What’s in a Name by Phillippe Savidis
1st and 2nd runners up: The Chowkidar, The Boy and The Donkey by Phillip Dowsett; Hello Ruby by Jeanette McInnes

Winner: Thwarted by Jennifer Marsden
1st and 2nd runners up: Buried Secrets by Mary Serenc; First Love by Jeanette McInnes

JULY: Essay (topic of author’s own choosing)
Winner: Stop the Rot by Jeanette McInnes
1st and 2nd runners up: Ever Expanding Cosmos by Ken Cotteril; The Dinner Party Is Dead by Philipe Savidis

JUNE: Love is All You Need
Winner: Bedtime by Jennifer Marsden
1st and 2nd runners up: Reminiscing by Rod Owens; Till The End by Lenka Wagner

MAY: A Frisson of Fear
Winner: In the Moment by Lenka Wagner
1st and 2nd runners up: Disobedience by Cheryl Kelly; Twinkling Lights by Jeanette McInnes

APRIL: The Other Side
Winner: A Pandemic is a Child’s Play by Jeanette McInnes
1st and 2nd runners up: The Mirror on the Wall by Cheryl Kelly; The Battle of Mrs Robinson’s Table by Ken Cotteril

MARCH: It wasn’t meant to be like that
Winner: Jinx by Kaye Elliott
1st and 2nd runners up: The Commuters by Cheryl Kelley; Picture This by Mary Serenc; Last Dice of the Throw by Ken Cotteril

FEBRUARY: I did not make it up
Winner: They Eyes Have It by Jeanette McInnes
1st and 2nd runners up: The Man in the Chair by Cheryl Kelly; Cryo by Oonagh Prettejohn; Shagger’s Serendipity by Rod Owens