The Australian Festival of Travel Writing would like to thank all entrants to our 25 word micro story competition, and to congratulate our winners. The winning entries were announced during the Festival on March 24th, with the three highest placing entrants asked to read their stories in front of the audience. These three winners were:


Third place: Kerrin O’Sullivan

“I decided to try to find your tombstone, aging under Australian skies.

So strange to die so far from home – Iran 1980.  And dead now longer than you lived.”


Second place: Annefleur Schipper

I decided to try, instead of judge. To ask instead of assume and to do instead of fear. I decided to travel, instead of stay.”


First place: Steven Thurlow

I decided to try … getting off my tram two stops early. A faceless woman swayed past swirling Arabic calligraphy, splashed upon a sign like melted honey. Sydney Road beckoned.”

Congratulations to these three talented individuals!

e would like to add that the winner of our final 500 word competition to win two flights anywhere in the world courtesy of Etihad will be announced in the next few days.  Keep watching for this coming update!