Calling on young people in the Goulburn Valley to share their stories

Greater Shepparton City Council in partnership with the Furphy Foundation, Latrobe University and Goulburn Valley Libraries, are encouraging young people from across the Goulburn Valley to share a story for the Furphy Literary Awards.

Established in 1992, the literary awards promote and extend the tradition of storytelling of Australian culture.

Entries are now open for the junior and youth categories comprising of Junior Short Story, Junior Poetry for writers 12 years and under, and for writers aged 13-17 years, Youth Short Story and Youth Poetry.

Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Councillor Shane Sali, said the awards were a great opportunity to recognise the potential and talent of young writers across the region.

“The Furphy Literary Awards provide young people in the Goulburn Valley the opportunity to express their imagination through storytelling. I am excited to see all the creative ideas from young people in our community,” Cr Sali said.

“We encourage young writers to submit an entry and share their stories. Every story, no matter its size, deserves to be heard, and the Furphy Literary Award provide an excellent platform for that.”

Each category will have a first place prize of $300, followed by second $100 and third $50.

Entries close on Friday 31 May 2024 at 11.59pm. For more information on the awards and to enter, please visit


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