Tell your story: ‘My Melbourne’ storytelling competition for international students

HAVE your story told and win big in Study Melbourne and Melbourne Writers Festival’s ‘My Melbourne’ storytelling competition. Find out how you can have your experiences in Victoria published and celebrated!


What do you feel best defined your experience in Melbourne? Do you have a memory of the city that has stayed with you during your studies abroad?

If you have a story that you think is worth sharing — a story that either encapsulates your experiences as an international student in Melbourne or your journey to overseas study here — then why not consider producing a piece of writing or visual narrative based on what you’ve seen and felt?

In partnership with Melbourne Writers Festival, Study Melbourne is hosting the ‘My Melbourne’ storytelling competition for international students to have their stories and experiences brought to life in print, on Federation Square’s big screen and celebrated at an ACMI event on September 3.

Students whose stories win or are shortlisted will have their stories published in a limited edition book and can also expect to the following prizes:

  • All category winners will receive a trip for two to one of Victoria’s hot spots with Bunyip Tours
  • The People’s Choice winner will receive a money-can’t-buy mentor experience with a leading Victorian professional in their field
  • All shortlisted winners will receive a $100 gift card

Topics that students can choose to write about include the following:

  • How did I end up in Victoria?
  • A Victorian experience I’ll never forget
  • The time I discovered…
  • The inspiration for my journey (people, person or place)

Stories can be submitted as written pieces or visual narratives across four separate categories for international students of varying levels (note: visual submissions are open to international students of all year levels):

  • Written – English Language Training: Up to 500 words, must be submitted in English
  • Written – Vocational Educational and Training: Up to 500 words, must be submitted in English
  • Written – Higher Education: Up to 1,000 words, must be submitted in English (recommended for university students)
  • Visual – Narratives told either through drawings and illustrations, photography or video (photo boards must have at least three photos while videos are not judged on length or quality – smartphone recordings are accepted)

The competition closes this Sunday, July 31. Shortlisted entries and People’s Choice voting will be begin on Monday, August 15. Voting for the People’s Choice will close on Thursday, September 1 with a final awards ceremony taking place on Saturday, September 3.

So whether it’s about your journey to overseas study in Victoria, a place you visited in Melbourne, a restaurant you tried or a book you wouldn’t have found back home, put it into a story, win amazing prizes and have it published on a book you can be proud of.

For more information on the competition, visit the ‘My Melbourne’ storytelling competition page over at Study Melbourne’s official website

Post Your Thoughts