22-24 november 2019

all lit up


about us

Every spring, writers, readers and thinkers gather where the mountains meet the sea an hour south of Sydney for a weekend of literature, art and ideas. Now in its seventh year, Wollongong Writers Festival serves up a program of free and ticketed literary and cross-art form events for bringing the world to Wollongong and sharing the stories of Wollongong with the world.

2019 festival

This year, we are exploring the theme ‘All lit up’, with a program of events dedicated to topics that have been silenced, have stigma attached to them, or need to be spoken about in new or more complex ways. We are celebrating the power of writing for illuminating the things people do not speak about. The program will be announced on October 11, 2019. Click here to read a message from our Director.

short story prize

The Wollongong Writers Festival is also home to an international short story competition. Submit for a chance to win $1000 and publication in Mascara Literary Review. This year, we are calling for submissions of up to 2500 words that fit the theme ‘All lit up’. Click here to read the competition guidelines and information on how to submit. Good luck!


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