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Dickinson Memorial Literary Competition 2020

Date: Mon August 31 2020 12:00 am to Mon August 31 2020 11:59 pm

Braille House is proud to announce that the Dickinson Memorial Literary Competition for 2020  is now open for entries from all Australian residents and the theme  is MOVEMENT.

Spread the word about this opportunity to pen a short story or poem and be in the running to win cash prizes in this year’s Dickinson Memorial Literary Competition which is a National literary competition and is for children and adults who are blind or have low vision.

There is also special “People’s Choice” award that will be open to anyone (even if you are sighted) and all entries in this category will be published on the Braille House website and the audience will get to choose the winner.

Click to download entry forms:

Dickinson Memorial Literary Comp 2020 Entry Form

Dickinson Memorial Literary Comp 2020 Guidelines

There are categories for all ages to enter and prize money is awarded in every category: $350 first prize per category and $150 second prize per category (judges decision is final).

6 Categories of Entry:

  • Adult Short Story
  • Adult Poem/Song Lyrics/Limerick
  • Adult Article/Opinion eg: self-reflection, blog
  • Senior Student Creative Category, eg: story, poem, song lyrics, limerick, blog
  • Junior Student Creative Category, eg: story, poem, song lyrics, limerick, blog
  • Peoples Choice Category – Short Story. All entries will be published online for the public to vote.

Manuscripts must be an unpublished work, not on offer for publication before the announcement of awards and not have been recognised in any other competition.

Entries close Monday August 31. Entries should be submitted in hard copy Braille, Simbraille or Duxbury-readable file or in a Word document


Sally Balwin – General Manager of Braille House said:

“Each year I’m excited by the extraordinary talent in our community as well as the growth and interest from all over Australia from both authors and readers.

The competition itself is one of the best examples of the power of diversity and it highlights the abilities of some very talented Australian writers as it continues to go from strength to strength.

2019 saw a record number of entries across all categories and we expect the 2020 competition to surpass this achievement.

As we once again, invite writers who are blind or have low vision and others of all ages and from all over Australia to submit manuscripts for the 2020 Dickinson Memorial Literary Competition, we are reminded of the talent within our country as well as the importance of literacy for all Australians.

I look forward to reading the 2020 entries and I wish the best of luck to everyone”


The competition was started in 1921 by the “Queensland Musical, Literary and Self Aid Society for the Blind as an Essay Competition; the subject was “Self Reliance” and first prize in each category was One Guinea.

Both Harold Dickinson and his brother Edwin were members of the QMLSAS and were very involved in the literary and musical world at that time although Harold averred that it was Edwin who was the literary brother. Edwin died in January 1956 but his name continued to be synonymous with the competition.

We at Braille House are especially pleased to be able to continue and perpetuate the Competition as it is a unique and valuable literary exercise in Australia today.

We welcome participants in the renewed Dickinson Memorial Literary Competition and wish you all good luck and a happy writing experience.


MORE INFORMATION: https://www.braillehouse.org.au/dickinson-2020/

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