Better Read Writing Competition 

The Road Less Travelled

“Two roads diverged in a wood and I

I took the one less travelled by

And that has made all the difference”

— Robert Frost

Our Better Read Than Dead Writing Competition for 2019 ran from 30th March to 30th June.

Using the above quote as inspiration, the entrants were tasked with writing a short creative piece with a maximum of 2,000 words.

The Prizes

The winning entry will receive a $1,000 cash prize. Two runners-up will each receive a $250 cash prize. The top entries will be collated into an anthology by Better Read Publishing, which will then be sold at Better Read Than Dead.

The Results

The top 25 entries have been selected and will be published in our writing anthology, The Road Less Travelled, to be sold in-store. The standard was exceptionally high this year and with almost 250 entries, narrowing down the shortlist was very difficult.

We'd like to congratulate all the authors who entered the competition, particularly our top 25:

Allan Lake

Anthea Duffy

Brenda Saunders

David Naylor - WINNER


Elizabeth Holland

Fernanda Fain-Binda - RUNNER-UP

Jan Price


Jesse Delauney

Jim Piotrowski

Jonno Revanche

Joseph Earp - RUNNER-UP

Julie Thorndyke

Kit Scriven

Kylie Needham

Nadia Bailey

Sarah Ireland

Sharnoor Nina-Gregory - HIGHLY COMMENDED

Sheree Strange

Sherry Mackay

Stephanie Nguy

sydney khoo - HIGHLY COMMENDED

Tanya Wolfe

Tim Moraitis

The Anthology

The anthology is available for purchase at Better Read Than Dead.

The Judging Panel

Author Patti Miller headed the judging panel again this year, along with a selection of Better Read Than Dead’s booksellers. Patti has written eight books as well as numerous articles and essays published in national newspapers and literary magazines. She has also taught literature and writing at UTS, UWS, and the Faber Academy, and currently leads memoir writing workshops for the Australian Writers’ Centre and Better Read Tours.

Further Questions

Email with any further questions you may have!

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