Enter the Faculty of Arts Creative Writing Competition for a chance to attend the week-long 2020 Trinity Young Leaders’ Program in Melbourne.

This competition closed on 10 February 2020. Winners will be announced by the end of February.

Tell your story to win an international experience at Melbourne

The Faculty of Arts Creative Writing Competition is open to international high school students in Vietnam aged between 14 and 17.

You’ll have the chance to win one of two fantastic prizes to attend the week-long 2020 Trinity Young Leaders’ Program in Melbourne, worth $2,000.

Experience life on campus, discover what it’s like to stay at a residential college, and meet fellow young leaders from across the globe.

The topic: a moment of learning

The topic for this year's competition is 'a moment of learning'.

Bring your own life experience to your response and tell us a story about what interests you.

Submit your story online for a chance to win.

Competition winners

Congratulations to the winners of our 2019 Creative Writing Competition! The first and second places will be invited to attend Trinity Young Leaders' Program 2020 in July 2020. The 3rd place winner will receive a small prize from the University.

  • First place: San Kwon, Saigon South International School

    Judge’s notes

    This accomplished short story is written in cut-glass prose which creates a strong sense of place. The most commendable aspect of this story is certainly the way the character of the father develops from a flat to a complex one for the reader, mirroring the realisation of the protagonist/son.

  • Second place: Le Hoang Tu Van, Renaissance International School Saigon

    Judge’s notes

    This is a very beautiful, poetically written sorry with some very strong imagery and evocative lines that mix its Vietnamese setting with Greek mythology such as: "like Icarus before his great dive, she finally let the night consume her whole" and "Voices that recalled of their homes, of morning where roads will be filled with motorbikes, morning that started with a warm early breakfast and a good morning from all of the neighbours."

  • Third place: Hai Anh Le, Vinschool The Harmony

    Judge’s notes

    This is a very vivid snapshot of a small but crucial moment in time for the protagonist, a teaching instructor in New York. The protagonist's anxious internal monologue is particularly well-rendered showing the way that acts of kindness in important moments can change a person's life.

Trinity College Young Leaders' Program

The prize: Trinity Young Leaders' Program 2020

The Young Leaders Program (YLP), offered at Trinity College, the University of Melbourne, has been developing future leaders since 2001.

The program provides students the opportunity to live on campus at Trinity College, the University of Melbourne's oldest residential college, and join lectures and workshops with other like-minded young leaders.

Throughout YLP, participating students are guided and mentored by a team of university students.

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