Growing up in Hindmarsh Competition

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Competition Dates

This competition runs from Friday 29 April 2022 until Friday 17 June 2022.

About the Competition

Following on from the successful series of author talks and the book launch of Growing Up in Country Australia, Hindmarsh Shire Libraries are excited to announce the launch of their inaugural story competition – Growing up in Hindmarsh.

Hindmarsh Shire Libraries are encouraging residents across the Shire, past or present, to share their own unique and revealing snapshot of rural life – their individual story of Growing up in Hindmarsh. We are encouraging community members to send stories across a variety of mediums – pen and paper, oral tradition, through film, through art, or through craft. Your story of Growing up in Hindmarsh can be presented in any way that takes your fancy and tells your story.

Everyone has a story to tell and we would love to hear yours! 


Your own experience on growing up in Hindmarsh, both past or present.

Age Categories

- Primary School
- Secondary School
- Open age group

Type of Content

You can submit short stories (written and electronically), short films, artwork, craft, anything that you feel will help describe and share your experiences on growing up in Hindmarsh.

Word Limit

There is no word limit.


More information to come.

How to Enter?

Entries in digital formats (e.g. Word, PDF, PNG, JPEG, etc):
You can submit your digital entries by completing the online form below:


Entries in hard copies (drawings, artwork, paintings, craft, handwritten stories, etc):
You can submit your hard copies by printing off the following entry form and submitting it with your entry to any of the four Hindmarsh Shire libraries in Nhill, Jeparit, Rainbow & Nhill. If you do not have access to a printer, you can collect an entry form from our libraries. 


After the Competition Closes

Once the competition closes, we will collate entries in all formats, and put them together into an Anthology for the community to see and share. Maryanne Plazzer will be assisting with judging and a winner from each town will be selected. Once the winners have been selected, an announcement will be made at the end of June.

With permission, Hindmarsh Shire Council and Libraries will showcase and share your entries through its social media platforms and will display physical pieces in local libraries and spaces (more details to be finalised).


For more information please contact Whitney Kingston, Coordinator Library Services, on 03 5391 4444 or email