Study Melbourne has partnered with Melbourne Writers Festival to bring your stories to life and celebrate diverse international student experiences and perspectives in Victoria.


Bold New World Storytelling Competition

Shortlisted entries are now open for People's Choice Award!

Melbourne Writers Festival and Study Melbourne are delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2020 Storytelling Competition for International Students.

We now invite you to vote for your favourite entry in each category. The entry with the most votes will win the award for People’s Choice.

Voting closing at 10am AEST, Wednesday 30 September 2020. Winners will be announced at a virtual award presentation ceremony in mid-October.

Vote now

Who can vote?

Members of the public in Victoria and overseas, including friends and family are invited to vote for their favourite shortlisted submission through the Melbourne Writers Festival website.

Life after Lockdown

What is your vision for your life in Melbourne after the end of Covid-19?

Where there are crises, there are opportunities.

How has your background, personal story or education in Melbourne informed your values and beliefs for the future of the world?

Imagination is the birthplace of a BOLD NEW WORLD.

Write a 500-1000-word story or create a visual work to share your version of the Bold New World.

Submissions can be either in written or visual form. You can write, film, draw or photograph something that represents your vision for your ideal future, personally, professionally or globally.

Possible topics

  • Community-led initiatives from Melbourne/my hometown that I love to see thriving to create a better world
  • Social practices or local businesses from Melbourne/my hometown that I think can create a more sustainable world
  • A world where a systemic change you believe in leads to greater inclusion and diversity
  • A positive – small or big – social change from the lockdown that you believe can advance the world or your experience of it

Submission Categories

  1. Written – High School (up to 500 words)
    1. Are you studying at a high school in Victoria? This category is for you. If you are under 18 you will need to get your parent or guardian’s permission to enter the competition.
  2. Written – English Language Training (up to 500 words)
    1. Are you studying to improve your English in Victoria? This category is for you.
  3. Written – Vocational Education and Training (up to 500 words)
    1. Are you studying at a TAFE or private training college in Victoria? This category is for you.
  4. Written – Higher Education (up to 1000 word)
    1. Are you studying at university in Victoria? This category is for you.
  5. Visual
    1. You don’t need to be a professional, but if drawing, photography or video is more your style, show us your story in visual form! Options include a comic strip (up to 2 A4 pages), photo story board (must be at least three images), video (maximum 5 minutes) or single page illustration.
    2. If you choose video don’t worry, we are not expecting film quality or length. Content filmed on your smartphone will work, so long as it tells a story.
    3. This category is open to all international students in Victoria, no matter what you are studying or your institution.

Key dates:

  • 14 August – Competition opens – 10am AEST
  • 11 September – Competition closes – 10am AEST
  • 21 September – Shortlist announced, hosted on MWF website and People’s Choice voting begins – 10am AEST
  • 30 September – Voting closes for People’s Choice – 10am AEST
  • Mid-October – Award ceremony – shortlist presented with certificates and winners announced. Date to be announced soon!

Share your Melbourne story for the chance to win amazing prizes!

Each category winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to the Peninsula Hot Springs AND a whole-food weekly meal box for 2 people, delivered by Laneway Greens.