South-West Shorts

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We’re thrilled to announce the 2019 finalists
and thank all of our wonderful entrants.

We had a record number of entries this year
and the standard was very high.

Thank you to our talented judges
who had the challenging task of selecting
only six finalists.

Join us for the performance of all six plays
at the HEART black box studio in Margaret River
on Saturday 13th JULY.
Tickets will be available soon.


The competition has now closed.

Perth and WA’s South-West writers are invited to submit a monologue or duologue about life in WA’s south-west. A panel of independent judges will choose the best three scripts from Perth plus the best three from the South-West region.


Changing Landscapes
You are welcome to write on any subject, in any setting and with any character/s you choose but your play must make reference to this theme and include something about life in the south-west of Western Australia.
That can be about our history, a current topic, our quirks, an in joke only people from this region will get, a place setting - let your imagination run. Just make sure you include an aspect of life that’s particular to this region. Entries that meet these themes will be favoured.


10 minutes maximum


9.00am Monday 18th March 2019
No entries will be accepted after this time.


The six winning authors will have the opportunity to develop their scripts with the director in Dunsborough on Saturday 6th April 2019.


All six plays will be performed by local actors at the new HEART black box theatre in Margaret River on Saturday 13th July 2018.


Andrea Gibbs, Barefaced Stories
Sherryl Spencer, Blak Yak Theatre Company
Vivienne Garrett, Award-winning stage and screen actress


Judge's Award: the script chosen by the three judges prior to the performance
People's Choice Award: the audience will be invited to vote for their favourite play after the performance.


All six plays will be published in the South-West Shorts 2019 anthology.


Entry is restricted to writers living in Perth and in the south-west region of Western Australia.
Writers must be a permanent resident of Perth or the South-West.

For this competition, the South-West region is defined as the area that includes the shires of Augusta-Margaret River, Boyup Brook, Bridgetown-Greenbushes, Capel, Collie, Dardanup, Donnybrook-Balingup, Harvey, Manjimup and Nannup and the cities of Bunbury and Busselton.

Please read the Guidelines For Your Entry and the Terms and Conditions. All plays submitted must accept these conditions for entry.

Entry is free.


The Anthology

Each year the six finalist are published in the South-West Shorts anthology.

Copies are held in the State and Battye libraries in Western Australia and the National Library in Canberra, and distributed to local bookshops and at arts events.

  • You can order your copy here.
    Books are $15 each plus $5 postage within Australia
    PDFs are $12 each
    Right now you can buy both editions for $20 plus $5 postage within Australia

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Busselton Jetty 1969 by James Forte
Winner of the Judges Award

Here First by Kate Jenkins
Winner of the People’s Choice Award

The Untold Story by Norm Flynn

First Impressions by Helen Munt

Composition of a Friendship by Michiko Parnell

The Stealthy Story Extrapolator by Sky River

Edited by Therese Edmonds



Frog-Song by Sky River
Winner of the Judges Award
Co-winner of the People’s Choice Award

Kindness of Strangers by Andrew Turk
Co-winner of the People’s Choice Award

Simple Things by Norm Flynn

Willem by James Forte

Apprehension by Glen Hunting

#timesup by Tammie Reid

Edited by Glen Hunting