september, 2018

01sepAll Day28So that’s what old is! The inaugural COTA SA Writing Prize

Event Details

The winners for the inaugural COTA SA have been announced and are as follows:


Do you love writing? Do you reckon you know what old is?

Presented by COTA SA, this competition is open to any unpublished piece of writing by a South Australian writer.

The writing should address the theme So that’s what old is! The theme can be interpreted as broadly and playfully as you like. The writing can take any form, fiction or non-fiction, prose or poetry. Feel free to experiment with form and content, but submissions must observe the 500-word limit.

Entries must be received no later than 5pm on Friday 28 September 2018. Entry is free but there is a limit of one entry per person.

A first prize of $400 cash and a runner-up prize of $100 will be awarded. Entries will be judged on their audience engagement, originality, creativity and quality of writing.

Entrants will retain ownership of their intellectual property but agree, as a condition of entry, to grant COTA SA a non-exclusive license to reproduce their entry in COTA publications or media platforms.

It is also a condition of entry that the decision of the judging panel is final and we are not in a position to provide any feedback.

Email your entry to Your email must include the following

  • Your name
  • Your contact email address
  • Your phone number
  • The title of your piece

Your piece should be attached as a Word document or PDF. Please ensure that your name and identifying details do not appear on the manuscript itself.

Judges are:

Farrin Foster

A journalist by trade, writer by ambition, and occasional filmmaker by necessity, Farrin is the co-founder of independent magazine CityMag and community-driven media platform City Standard. She has worked on writing projects as far afield as Los Angeles, but is dedicated to contributing to the conversation in her home town of Adelaide.  

Greg Mackie

Greg is CEO of the History Trust of South Australia. He co-owned Imprints Booksellers for over 20 years and founded the Adelaide Festival of Ideas. In 2002 he received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to the Arts.

Jonathan Scobie

Jonathan is Academic Leader of English at Prince Alfred College, having taught at a variety of schools in Adelaide and Darwin since the 1990s. He occasionally appears at poetry slams, as well as having the odd piece of verse published. He fondly recalls being highly commended for the Young Writer’s Award in 1981.

Winners will be announced during ZestFest 2018, 10-26 October, the COTA SA Festival for Modern Ageing.


september 1 (Saturday) - 28 (Friday)