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History's Mysteries Awards Night 2023


Bringing history to the forefront, the History's Mysteries Young Writers Competition challenges students to imagine the history behind a selection of significant museum artefacts and tell it in a short story.

The competition is open to both primary and high school students.

Each year a theme is chosen and pieces from the Museum’s collection are put out on display.

Schools can register their interest for the Museum to bring these items to the classroom. Online education resources are also available for schools to utilise.

The competition concludes with an Awards Night held at the Museum, where all participants are invited. During this event, we announce the winners and award cash prizes.

Click HERE to find out who our 2023 winners were.

The History’s Mysteries Young Writers Competition 2023 was recognised and awarded the winner of an Interpretation, Learning & Audience Engagement award at the 2023 Australian Museums and Galleries National Conference.

If you are a interested in being involved in the 2024 Young Writers competition please email or call 9792 7284.

    • Once open, online entries can be submitted via this page.
    • Entries must be in short story form, and be a maximum of 1000 words long. They may be written in any genre.
    • Entrants must be aged 12 – 18 years  and must live or go to school in the Greater Bunbury area.
    • The story must mention one or more of the objects in the touring collection. These objects will be displayed at the Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre during the April and July school holidays, and they will be touring local high schools throughout the year.
    • All entries must be original work written by the named author for the competition.
    • Submissions must be in PDF or Word Document format, and may be a maximum of 10MB in size.
    • Winners will be announced at the Awards Night event at the Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre, and the winning entries will be read aloud. Authors may choose whether they would like to read their work, or have it read by another person.
    • The winning stories will be displayed in the Museum along with the objects.
    • While the Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre will retain the right to display the stories, publicise them online, and add them to the Museum’s collections. Copyright for the work will remain with the author.