Are you an international student with a story about finding your place in Melbourne?

Melbourne Writers Festival and Study Melbourne bring you an exciting storytelling competition that celebrates diverse international student experiences in Victoria.

The ‘My Place in Melbourne’ competition is open to international students living and studying in Victoria.

If you are a budding storyteller, enter the competition for a chance to win amazing prizes, including a trip for two to the Great Ocean Road, an exclusive writing workshop with a local author, and tickets to your favourite Melbourne Writers Festival (MFW) 2017 event.

Melbourne Writers Festival Director Lisa Dempster says the competition will bring to life unique stories of international students from around Victoria.

“Victoria is extremely rich in beauty, diversity and culture, and it’s those individual stories, those often fleeting moments, that show how living here has the capacity to shape lives,” 

At the competition's launch, the Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Philip Dalidakis said giving international students the chance to share their stories on such a high profile platform would enhance the Victorian study experience.

“We’re delighted that Study Melbourne is partnering with the MWF to create another high quality experience and opportunity for cultural engagement for international students studying in Victoria,” said Mr Dalidakis.

Your entry can be in writing, film, a drawing or photography. Choose what best represents your experience of studying and living in Melbourne, Victoria.

How to enter

Submit your entry on the Melbourne Writers Festival website.

You can enter if you are an international student currently living and studying in Victoria.

Written submissions must be in English.

Before submitting your entry, read the competition terms and conditions.

Peoples Choice award

“We also have a People’s Choice award, where members of the public can vote for their favourite shortlisted submission through the MWF website. The entry with the most votes will win a money-can’t-buy mentoring experience with an influential individual in their field,” says festival director Lisa Dempster.

“What does Melbourne mean to you? What is a Victorian experience you will never forget? What is your favourite story about Melbourne? We want to know them all.”

Important dates

Friday, 7 July: Competition opens – 10am AEST
Monday, 31 July: Competition closes – 9am AEST
Friday, 4 August: Shortlist notified, winners decided by judging panel
Wednesday, 9 August: Shortlist announced, hosted on MWF website and People’s Choice voting begins – 10am AEST
Wednesday, 23 August: Voting closes for People’s Choice – 10am AEST
Saturday, 26 August: Award ceremony, shortlist presented with certificates and winners announced.

Find out more on the Melbourne Writers Festival website

For more information on entering the ‘My Place in Melbourne’ competition visit

More about Melbourne Writers Festival

Melbourne Writers Festival is on from 25 August to 3 September.

The full Festival program will be available at 7 pm on Tuesday 18 July

Festival tickets go on sale from 9 am on Friday 21 July.

Visit the Melbourne Writers Festival website

Revisit the 2016 storytelling competition

Need more inspiration?  View this video of the awards ceremony for the 2016 My Melbourne story telling competition.

Stories by Victoria’s international students took centre stage at the 2016 Melbourne Writers Festival as part of the My Melbourne storytelling competition, held in partnership with Study Melbourne. See more Study Melbourne videos on YouTube