​​​​​Melbourne Beginnings

To celebrate the stories and experiences of international students in Melbourne, we have been running a storytelling competition as part of the Melbourne Writers Festival.

The theme for 2021 was 'Melbourne Beginnings'.


Congratulations to this year’s six outstanding winners, selected by our judge and members of the public. You can enjoy their stories here:

Winner — Visual 

Qing Dong

Winner — English Language Learning

Niu-Niu Tang

Winner — High School

Fiona Wu

Winner — Vocational Education & Training

Viriliana Hernandez

Winner — Higher Education

Cece Nguyen

Winner — People’s Choice Award

Claudia Viloria


Congratulations to all of our finalists for this year.

Finalists — High School

  • Yufei Wang, Melbourne beginnings
  • Zihan Liu, The Pink Lake

Finalists — Higher Education

  • Seng Doi, Just Begin
  • Iris Maher, Far Away in Australia
  • Denise Hung, a fish out of water
  • Yokki Ang, The Start of Something Magical

Finalists — Vocational Education & Training

  • Nikita Santosh Naik, Melbourne and Me
  • Taylor Freitas, Travel Tips from a stranger