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SWR Short Story Competition winners announced

The Sydney Writers’ Room congratulates Cipi Morgan, winner of the SWR inaugural Short Story Competition with her beautiful short story ‘Funeral Party’. Cipi’s prize is a three month permanent desk membership at the SWR. We also congratulate Tanya Lake, runner up in the competition, and we thank all entrants for their submissions!

The SWR 2014 Short Story Competition

The Sydney Writers’ Room inaugural Short Story Competition is now accepting entries via the SWR Submittable portal:

Stories should be limited to 2500 words and must be single-authored. Entries are accepted online only, as Word Documents or PDF files. First prize is a ‘permanent desk’ membership at the SWR for 3 months, with the normal joining fee being waived (valued at $910 AUD). There is also a runner-up prize of a ‘hot desk’ membership at the SWR for 3 months (valued at $550 AUD).

Entries are open to writers from the Greater Sydney area. Current members of the SWR are not eligible to enter. A nominal administration fee of $12 per story is payable by credit card or PayPal.

Entries close at midnight on 31 May 2014. The President and Board Members of the SWR will judge the winning and runner-up story and will advise the authors of these stories by 30 June 2014. Membership prizes will take effect from 1 July 2014.


The Sydney Museum of Words has announced the location of its first exhibition – premiering on Saturday 16th November for an initial sneak-peak two-week run, in Sydney’s Potts Point.

Curator of the Museum Charles Firth (“The Chaser”), says the new museum is a “world first”, generously supported by the City of Sydney’s cultural grants program, in conjunction with the Sydney Writers’ Room.

“The exhibition will provide locals and tourists a collection of only the best words that Australia – and Sydney – has to offer.”

“We will be showcasing words on loan from some of the great names of our generation, such as Rupert Murdoch, Bob Hawke, Germaine Greer and Julian Assange. As well as lesser people, such as Kyle Sandilands.”

“There is a special sealed-section of words that all Sydney-siders should know. It’s amazing how useful Eora words are when you’re wanting to curse Sydney’s traffic.”

“Remember the last time there was a Picasso exhibition in Sydney and you missed it because you were too busy drinking lattes and chatting about property prices? Yeah, well, this will be even better. And way more classy.”

The Museum will feature words mounted and hung around the rooms, in a museum-style format. “The idea is to encourage people to spend time reflecting on words outside of their every day use. We’re taking words out of their normal context.”

“We have literally scoured the entire planet for the most controversial words available. We wrote to Bill Henson asking him to donate a word. But it turns out pretty much every word in his collection is incredibly young. Disgusting.”

The Museum also includes an audio tour, which describes each word’s etymology, and tells the story of its significance to Australia. “It’s a great for a day out with the kids. Who knows, they might even learn something about the Australian language?”

Click here for more info.

VENUE: 29 Challis Avenue, Potts Point, New South Wales
DATES: Saturday 16 November to Sunday 1 December
OPENING TIMES: Tuesday to Sunday, 10.00am – 5.00pm