Fisher's Ghost Writing Prize

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We're excited to announce this years winners and highly commended for the Fisher's Ghost Writing Prize.

Campbelltown City Library has partnered with WestWords to create this prize (now in its third year), which was open to anyone who lives, works or attends school, TAFE or university in the Campbelltown Local Government area from grade four and above.

Writers were invited to submit works addressing this year’s theme, One Step into Tomorrow.

2023 Winners

Grades 4 - 6

Name Category Prize Title
Furqan Rahman Poetry Winner Hellseer
Penny Brcic Poetry Highly Commended A step into tomorrow
Niya DCunha Short Story Winner Evil is as evil does
Chrisanne Marisol Short Story Highly Commended The future

Grades 7 - 9

Name Category Prize Title
Mia Mcleod Poetry Winner One step into tomorrow
Mahlia Lemeki Poetry Highly Commended Acknowledge the past to step into the future
Olivia Quin Short Story Winner Yes, another step
Brenden Dias Short Story Highly Commended One step into tomorrow

Grades 10-12

Name Category Prize Title
Sienna Burt Short Story Winner Reflections of life
Raphaelle Rahman Short Story Highly Commended A wish for tomorrow
Maryam Muzammil Poetry Winner 8 Billion Books
Alyssa Neilsen Poetry Highly Commended One step into tomorrow


Name Category Prize Title
Roy Machen Poetry Winner This is a terrible theme to interrogate during a housing crisis
Glenn McPherson Poetry Highly Commended Sunday Driver
Joannie Lee Short Story Winner For grandad
Alexandra Morales Short Story Highly Commended Susso town


Adult: Winner $300, Highly Commended $100.

School Students: In each category (Years 10-12, Years 7-9, Years 4-6) Winner $100, Highly Commended $50.

Judging the winning entries

  • All work must be original and within 500 words, or 25 lines for poetry (excluding the title)
  • Submissions in each age category will be judged on originality, creativity, language construction and engagement with the theme
  • A series of writing workshops will be hosted to support the writers in the development of their pieces. Information about these will soon be available on the website
  • The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into in relation to decisions reached
  • Winners have been announced at a special ceremony.

How to enter

Entries closed for 2023


  • Friday, 30 June 2023 | 12:00 AM - Monday, 04 September 2023 | 09:30 AM


Online competition in partnership with WestWords

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