Tell your Melbourne story and celebrate the stories and experiences of international students in Victoria with Study Melbourne and Melbourne Writers Festival.

Why did you choose Melbourne? Who are the Melburnians that have made it feel like home?

Share your story with us for an opportunity to win the ultimate Melbourne experience pack and an invitation to an exclusive writing workshop with a local author!

Submit your entry before Monday 23 July on the Melbourne Writers Festival website.

More about the Me & Melbourne competition

This is a great opportunity for all international students to share stories, practice creative writing and to get involved with Victoria’s premier literary festival. We want to know about your experiences of living and studying in Melbourne!

The overall theme of the competition is ‘Me & Melbourne’ and we have also listed four suggested topics.

  • Finding my place in Melbourne
  • Why I chose Melbourne
  • Melbournians who have made it feel like home
  • Life in a global city for a global student

Competition Categories

There are five competition categories.

Written – High School (up to 500 words)

Are you studying at high school? This category is for you. If you are under 18 please make sure you have your parent or guardian’s permission to submit the entry form and enter the competition.

Written – English Language Training (up to 500 words)

Are you studying to improve your English? This category is for you.

Written – Vocational Education and Training (up to 500 words)

Are you studying at a TAFE or private training college? This category is for you.

Written – Higher Education (up to 1000 words)

Are you studying at university? This category is for you.

Visual

You don’t need to be a professional, but if drawing, photography or video is more your style, tell us your story in visual form! Options include a comic strip (up to 2 A4 pages), photo story board (must be at least 3 images), video (maximum 5 minutes) or a single page illustration. If you chose video do not worry, we are not expecting film quality or length. Content filmed on your smartphone will work, so long as it tells a story. This category is open to all international students in Victoria, no matter what you are studying or your institution.

Submit your entry on the Melbourne Writers Festival website.

Important dates

29 June – Competition opens – 10am AEST

23 July – Competition closes – 10am AEST

1 September – Award ceremony – shortlist presented with certificates and winners announced

Find out more on the Melbourne Writers Festival website

For more information and to submit your entry on 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