Published on 19 July 2022

My Brother Jack Awards now open

Pick up that pen and fire up that laptop. It's time to get writing!

Everyone has a story to tell now’s the time to tell yours in the My Brother Jack Awards for 2022.

Short story and poetry writers of all ages who live, work or study in Glen Eira are encouraged to enter, with prizes for submissions from Primary, Junior Secondary and Senior Secondary School students as well as an Open category.

Each category has its own word limit and prizes.

Glen Eira Mayor Cr Jim Magee said the awards were an opportunity for everyone to try something new.

“You don’t have to be professional writer to enter the competition. We encourage everyone to share their talent,” he said.  

“Writing is a great way to tap into curiosity and take your imagination for a run.  Wherever you are in your writing journey, just have a go – you never know what might happen.”

Now in their 27th year, the My Brother Jack Awards are named for George Johnston’s 1964 novel which was set in Elsternwick.

This year’s judges are:

Short story - Eliza Henry-Jones, Annette Trevitt and Angela Meyer;

Poetry – Alicia Sometimes and Ozlem Baro.

Entries close at 5pm on Monday 5 September. Finalists will be notified on Tuesday 11 October and the Awards Ceremony will be held on Sunday 30 October.

If you would like to submit an entry or find out more about the awards visit library.gleneira.vic.gov.au/MBJ or click on the link below.