Welcome to the Shine Writers' Prize 2023

We launched our inaugural Shine Writers' Prize in 2023, with the theme 'Who I am'.

The Shine Writers' Prize was developed to showcase the talent of participants, workers and clients.

It celebrates the role of writing and storytelling in promoting and supporting emotional wellbeing and social connection.

The Shine Writers' Prize was open to Lifetime Care participants, workers in the Workers Care Program and clients of Dust Diseases Care who were supported by an icare case officer or coordinator.

In 2023 entries were received for the adults category only.

Key dates

Entries to the 2023 Shine Writers’ Prize closed in July 2023.


There are two categories:


Adult entrants can submit:

  • up to 1000 words, or* 
  • a storyboard of 2 to 4 pages (A4).

Children (15 years and under)

Children entrants can submit:

  • up to 500 words, or
  • a storyboard of 2 to 4 pages (A4).

First-time writers are very welcome to enter.

*Please note word limit has been updated


In addition to the prize money, winners will have the opportunity to have their writing published in the next edition of Shine magazine.


  • Winning entry: $300
  • Runner up: $100
  • Highly commended: $50.

Children (15 years and under)

  • Winning entry: $300
  • Runner up: $100.
For further information or queries about entries, please contact the Shine Writers' Prize team at shinewritersprize@icare.nsw.gov.au or phone (02) 7922 1115.

Important information

  • Your submission can be in the form of the following formats: short story, poetry or storyboard (visual story)
  • Your writing will respond to the theme "Who I am"
  • Written works must comply with the word limit for the category or be a storyboard. If submitting a storyboard, the entry would need to be 2 to 4 pages. Page size must be A4, with each page featuring a minimum of 4 square or rectangle boxes that contain pictures or drawings that tell a story. Download a sample storyboard template (PDF, 0.1MB).
  • Entries are limited to 1 per person.
  • Your entry must include your name, contact details and the title of your entry.
  • For entries in the children's category, the parent or guardian of the child must provide consent on behalf of the child.
  • There are 2 ways to submit entries electronically:
    1. Use the online form, or 
    2. Submit via email to shinewritersprize@icare.nsw.gov.au.
  • Accepted file types for entries: DOC, DOCX, or PDF up to 5MB in size.

Download terms and conditions (PDF, 0.1 MB)

Download submission guidelines (PDF, 0.2 MB)