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The Beast Magazine Local Writing Competition – Monetary Prizes for Winners!

The Beast magazine cover November 2023

The local monthly magazine of the Eastern Suburbs The Beast has launched The Beast Young Writers Competition this month.

There will be two categories:

  • Short Story
  • Poetry.

Anyone who lives in the area of The Beast’s distribution area and is aged 18 or under, is invited to enter.

The short stories need to be between 500-600 words and the poems need to be under 300 words. The only rule is that it needs to be original with local relevance, that hasn’t been entered in any other competition.

The judges will be Dr Marjorie O’Neill, Waverley Mayor Paula Masselos, Reddam House English Teacher Mr Compton, and Beast writers, including Nat Shepherd.

How to Enter

To enter, email your short story or poem to

Include your:

  • name
  • age
  • suburb
  • phone number.

Prizes include $150 for 1st prize in each category and $50 for 2nd place.

Entries close on 30 November 2023 and winners will be announced in The Beast magazine before Christmas.