Literary Festival

13th Annual Coal Creek Literary Festival 2020

Sunday, 4th October 2020

The 2020 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 eighth 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, 18th September 2020

Competition entry payments can be made through


Literary Festival Entry Form 2020


This Year’s Judges


chloe kentChloe Kent is a Victorian based producer, photographer and writer with over eight years’ experience across the three fields. Her first 10 minute short film was showcased at both Festival de Cannes in The Short Film Corner and in Under the Radar at the St Kilda Film Festival.

With photography and writing taking her between Australia, Europe and the United Kingdom, she has edited and written for Coast Magazine and been published in one of Australia’s top motorcycle magazines, as well as online and in marketing materials for various companies. She is currently a freelance writer for Coast Magazine and is working on a project relating to Comfort Women.


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Amanda Anastasi is a Melbourne poet whose work has been published locally in the Australian Poetry Anthology, Cordite and Verity La to The Massachusetts Review in the US, and is the convener of one of Melbourne’s longest-running poetry readings La Mama Poetica. She is the author of 2012 and Other Poems and the co-author of The Silences (Eaglemont Press, 2016), and is a two-time winner of the Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize (2011, 2010) and the Words in Winter Trentham Contemporary Poetry Prize (2017).

Amanda was awarded a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship in 2018 to work on an upcoming poetry collection set in the year 2042. She is currently a Research Associate at the Monash Climate Change Communications Research Hub, where she is writing poetry to raise awareness on ecological issues and the climate crisis.




CaptureNed has worked in the community development and adult education fields since the early 1980’s His focus for the last 15 years has been with the South Gippsland Shire Council’s Community Strengthening team, supporting individual communities and groups to enhance their independence, with increasing mutual partnerships. Ned has also played a major role in helping the Shire Council develop and implement a broad arts, culture and creative industry strategy outside council roles, Ned is a volunteer in the Mirboo North community, and co-owner of the Wren’s Nest Books, a specialist bricks and mortar stop with a focus on children’s books art, art, design, and books that help people learn how to do things for themselves.





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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