River of Stories is a writing competition for Primary and Secondary school students who reside in the AlburyWodonga region. It has been brought to the region by the Albury Hume Rotary Club since 2003.

Students in Years 3 to 12 are invited to submit a Short Story or a Poem relating to the theme of ‘Change’. Great prizes for the winning writers in each of the ten categories include the winner in each category receiving a $200 donation to their school library!

Competition Details

  • Eligibility: Students must reside within 150km of AlburyWodonga
  • Conditions of Entry: Students must understand and agree to the conditions of entry for each competition
  • How to Enter: Submit your entry online via the ENTER button below in the competition you wish to enter
  • Closing date: Thursday 23 July, 11.59pm
  • Winners will be announced at the River of Stories Student Awards at 12pm on Saturday 12 September. All welcome.

Short Story Competition

CategoriesWord LimitPrizes
Stage 2/Years 3-4500Winner: $50 + $200 for school library
Runners-up (x2): $25 book voucher
Stage 3/Years 5-6500Winner: $50 + $200 for school library
Runners-up (x2): $25 book voucher
Stage 4/Years 7-81500Winner: $100 + $200 for school library
Runners-up (x2): $50 book voucher
Stage 5/Years 9-101500Winner: $100 + $200 for school library
Runners-up (x2): $50 book voucher
Stage 6/Years 11-121500Winner: $100 + $200 for school library
Runners-up (x2): $50 book voucher

Short Story Conditions of entry

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Poetry Competition

CategoriesWord LimitPrizes
Stage 2/Years 3-4N/AWinner: $50 + $200 for school library
Runners-up (x2): $25 book voucher
Stage 3/Years 5-6N/AWinner: $50 + $200 for school library
Runners-up (x2): $25 book voucher
Stage 4/Years 7-8N/AWinner: $100 + $200 for school library
Runners-up (x2): $50 book voucher
Stage 5/Years 9-10N/AWinner: $100 + $200 for school library
Runners-up (x2): $50 book voucher
Stage 6/Years 11-12N/AWinner: $100 + $200 for school library
Runners-up (x2): $50 book voucher

Poetry Conditions of entry

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Writing Manuals

Attention teachers! Click on the links to download these great teaching resources to assist with lesson planning and supporting your students to get the most out of entering our writing competitions.


Thank you to the generous sponsors of this competition:

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