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What is your Story?

Writing in the time of Covid.

Strange times we are living in!

This lockdown, press conference every day, people wearing masks everywhere, empty streets.

Home schooling, working in PJs, marathon zoom meetings. Feeling trapped?

One day, we might tell our children and grandchildren about this strange time we are going through. When we stopped shaking hands, we could not see each other’s smiles. We will tell them about 1.5m distance.

And those of us, who speak a different language, who call our parents everyday who live thousands of miles away, who could not see them for years due to the travel ban, we still imagine the last hug. It is very hard. Migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, people from CALD background– may be more affected.

It's very important to record this strange time. For us, for our future generations, for policy makers.

Here you are! Yes, SiTara’s Story is organising a story writing competition for people of Canberra, the Ken Behrens.

Write your feelings, experiences, your dreams and observations in lockdown this year or last year, so we can look back in later years and remember what this pandemic was like.

We want to hear your story. Open up your mind, write anything you feel, even dreamt of. Like, what do you feel about this “new normal”? Did you struggle, how? Or were you all alone?

How do you keep in touch with your loved ones far away? Has it brought you closer to your immediate family? Has it changed your relationship with them? Have you lost anyone?

Tell us something positive – have you become a better, stronger human being?

It is crucial that we understand you.


  1. You must identify as an ACT resident.
  2. You must be 18 years and older to take part.


  1. COVID-19 must be a central factor in your writing, where the writing:
    1. occurred as a result COVID-19;
    2. was inspired by COVID-19; and
    3. is about COVID-19.
  2. Keep your story to 1000 words or less.
  3. There will be three categories:
    • Poetry
    • Creative writing
    • Cultural expository

Tell your story in a way that will make the reader cry, laugh, get goose bumps or say “Wow!”

Don’t be afraid to speak from the heart. Many people tell personal stories for the first time, and they find it to be a cathartic and productive experience. We do let you use a pen name for your story when published if you do not want to use your real name.

A few more tips about submitting

  1. Please submit your work that have not been previously published. The only exception to this is if your work has only been published in a small local publication with limited circulation or on your own blog.
  2. Entrants must enter via the specified portal.
  3. Entrants must not infringe a third party’s intellectual property rights; or, breach this competition’s terms and conditions.
  4. Last date of story submission: February 10, 2022.
  5. Any private information will adhere to the Australian Privacy Policies.
  6. Entrants will be notified upon success entry into the competition.
  7. Winners of this competition will be notified via email on the 15th of March 2022.
  8. Prizes will be delivered either at the ceremony or by postage within two month of winning. Prizes are not transferrable.

What happens next?

After you submit your work:

If we like your story,

A good story causes tears, laughter, goose bumps or any combination of these. We cannot wait to hear your stories.

Please fill out the form and send it to us

By entering you acknowledge that the ACT Heritage Library

  1. will store and preserve your entry.
  2. will provide access to your entry in its reading room and online.
  3. may give permission for the exhibition, publication or display of your story, with acknowledgement of you as creator.