Project Description

The Theme for the 2022 Prize is The Work of Henry Lawson

The great Australian writer Henry Lawson was born on the Grenfell Goldfields in 1867; his work was first published in 1887. 2022 marks the centenary of Lawson’s death. His stories and poetry were celebrated during his life, and in the century since, hence this years’ festival theme!

“100 Not Out – The Legacy Lives On!”

We are inviting writers to submit short story or verses that reflect, or reflect on, any aspect of Henry Lawson’s work or his life.


Open Section (limited to 48 lines)

Entrants must be 18 years or over on 31st March 2022

First Prize: $1,000

Second Prize: $500

Section 2 High School Student

First Prize: $250

Second Prize: $100

Section 3 Primary School Student

First Prize: $100

Second Prize: $50


(Limited to 2000 words)

Open Section Any theme

Entrants must be 18 years or over on 31st March 2022

First Prize: $1500

Second Prize: $500

Section 2 High School Student

Any theme

First Prize: $250

Second Prize: $100

Section 3 Primary School Student

Any theme

First Prize: $100

Second prize: $50

The 2022 Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival POETRY and SHORT Story Prize

Entry deadline

Entries into the 2022 Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival POETRY and SHORT Story Prize will be accepted until Midnight (AEST), 20 May 2022.

Conditions of Entry

  • Entries in the Open Sections written in English are invited from writers over 18 living in Australia.
  • There are sections for High School and for Primary School Students living in Australia.
  • HENRY LAWSON FESTIVAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS are not eligible to enter. 
  • HENRY FESTIVAL FESTIVAL volunteers may enter.

Entry process

  • Entries must be submitted online.
  • Judging is blind. The author’s name must not appear in the story or poem or in the title of the digital file.
  • Entrants will receive automatic confirmation of receipt to the email address used when entering.
  • By entering the competition entrants agree to all conditions. In all matters. The Judges and The Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival of Arts committee will not enter into any correspondence regarding the judging.


  • Entries must be in Word documents (.doc or .docx)
  • Entries must be written in English.
  • Entries in the Short Story section must no more than 2,000 words
  • Entry in the Poetry Section must be limited to 48 lines.
  • The text should be presented with 1.5 line spacing and in Times New Roman12 pt font size.
  • The pages should be numbered.
  • The file name should include ONLY the title of the Poem or Short story. Entrants should not include their own name in the file name.

Exclusivity, publication

  • Each entry must be original and not have been previously entered in this competition, published, or publicly broadcast, including online.
  • Entries may be offered elsewhere during the judging.
  • The shortlist will be announced in late May 2022. The winning short stories and poems will be announced Thursday 9 June 2022. We will notify authors of non-shortlisted entries at the same time.
  • If an entrant has offered their short story or poem elsewhere, and are notified their work is shortlisted they must decide if they would like to withdraw their story or poem from the Prize or from the alternate publication. In this case the entry fee will be refunded.
  • Exclusivity is essential for stories and poems to remain in contention.
  • Entries must not infringe upon anyone’s copyright.
  • Stories or Poems that are deemed to be works of plagiarism will be disqualified.
  • Entries must contain nothing libellous, unlawful, defamatory, or anything the GHLFCmay deem to be inappropriate (general vulgar language is permitted).
  • Translations are not eligible.
  • If entrants subsequently withdraw their entries, the entry fee will not be refunded.

Cost to enter each Poem or Short Story?

  • Entry is $5.00 for school students
  • Each entry in the open sections must be accompanied by an entry fee of $35.00

Entrants are required to tick the declaration box on the online entry page.


I hereby declare that my entry in the Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival Short Story and Poetry Prize is my own work, not published in any form. I have read all the terms and conditions and agree to abide by them.

Entry Fees:

Adults: $35 per entry or $5.00 for school students

Payment Options:

Payment for the Henry Lawson Festival of Arts competitions including:

  • Arts: Painting, Watercolour, Pastels, Drawing, and (local artist any media)
  • Short Story
  • Verse
  • Photography

Payment can be made here


  • The Festival Committee reserves the right to publish, in limited edition, and without payment to the author, an Anthology of award-winning entries. A selection of these may also be published once only in The Grenfell Record and on the Festival website, also without fee payable to the author. Copyright remains with the author thereafter. Details regarding publication and purchase of the anthology will be found on the website

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