Literary Festival

12th Annual Coal Creek Literary Festival 2019

Sunday, 6th October 2019



Winner: Short Story

‘The Visitor’ – Nicole Michelle

Highly Commended:

‘Homecoming’ – Gillian Clarke

‘Tears of Love’ – Gerry Cecere

Winner: Poetry

‘This is Keeling (Pulmonary Edema) – Scott Patrick Mitchell

Highly Commended:

‘We Know’ – Lynda Lewis

‘A Girl, Dressed in Midnight’ – Maddalena Grimmond


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Literary Festival Program

The 2019 Coal Creek Literary Festival will be held at Coal Creek, Korumburra, Victoria.

Event Admission: $10, Concession: $8, Child Under 16: $5

Admission includes simple lunch.


$500 Writers Prize  

The Coal Creek Literary Festival will be running a number of writing competitions this year as part of the festival. The main competition will again be the Bert van Bedaf Memorial Award for the best short story. Bert was an integral part of getting the Coal Creek Literary Festival off the ground ten years ago. After Bert passed away in 2010, the open short story competition was renamed to honor his memory. The prize money was increased to $500 and has since drawn a very high standard of entries.

Past winning entries have been posted on the Coal Creek Literary Festival website, please see link below. The competition is open to anyone with an imagination, a pen and paper or word processing program. You can enter as many times as you like, each entry must pay an entry fee.

Competition entry Fee is $15

The festival will also be running an Open Poetry competition which offers a

$200 prize

Competition entry fee is $10

Now entering its seventh year, the Bert van Bedaf award has proved to be a very popular part of the Coal Creek Literary Festival with entries coming from all over Australia. Entry forms can be downloaded from the Coal Creek Literary Festival website or can be picked up from Coal Creek Community Park & Museum in Korumburra.  Conditions and entry fees are all on the entry form.

So if you have a story crawling around in your head, something Grandpa did as a kid or a weird dream crying out for a meaning, get it down on paper and send it in. It could be worth $500.

Entries close Friday, 20 September 2019

Competition entry payments can be made through


Entry Form Writing Competitions 2019


This Year’s Authors

Sandy Wallace, Rachel Hennessy, Suzi Fox, Denis Dragovic, Lee Kofman

Sandi Wallace

Rachel Hennessy


lee Kofman


This Year’s Judges

Chloe Kentjudge 1

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