Connection has never been more important than it is right now.

That’s why we want to hear what connection means to you in our special Write On competition.

We’re challenging you to use the extra time at home to flex your creative muscles and write a poem or short piece of flash fiction that explores what it means to be connected.

Perhaps you’ve found new connections you never thought possible. Maybe you’re nostalgic for a connection from the past, or hopeful for one for the future. Or it could be that you’re suddenly seeing connections between things and ideas in a whole new light.

Whatever it is, get writing! We’ve got $2,100 in prizes up for grabs, with the winning entries published in the next edition of Flourish.

The judges

We've got three local writers who will be casting their eye over your work:
  • Poet Annette Ryan
  • Author Bindy Pritchard
  • Councillor Bruce Haynes
These judges will be joined by special guest judge David Cohen, Claremont reporter for Post Newspapers.

The age groups

There are three age groups:
  • 10 and under
  • 11 to 17
  • 18+

The categories

There are two categories across all age groups:
  • Flash fiction up to 300 words
  • Poetry up to 40 lines in length
You can write anything you want, in any format you want, as long as it has the theme of 'connection'.

The prizes


How to enter

Send us your flash fiction or poem by email to with 'Write On' and your full name in the subject line.

The nitty gritty

  1. You must be a Claremont resident to enter - please include your home address with your entry
  2. This competition is free to enter
  3. You can enter up to five times total across both categories
  4. The competition closes on 30 June. Entries received after the closing date will not be considered
  5. Unfortunately we're unable to provide feedback on entries.
All entries are subject to our full terms and conditions.