Humans have been sharing stories with one another for forever. The kind of stories we have told have taken many forms full of imagination and creativity. As storytelling is a performance, Sharp Short Story aims to encourage not only the writing of new stories but also the theatrical presentation of those stories.

Students in Stages 3 – 6 are asked to write a story to be performed for an audience. It should be between 4 and 6 minutes long, performed by memory. While adults may help guide the writing process and performance, the work should be purely of the individual young writer/performer. Students should think about the shape of their story, dramatic tension, how it engages an audience, performance techniques, use of voice, pace and dynamics. The story should entertain.

We suggest that schools hold their own Sharp Short Story competitions as a heat and then enter your best students into the Sharp Short Story competition at BMEC which will be part of the Bathurst Writers’ & Readers’ Festival.

Prizes will be awarded by a panel of industry experts with future opportunities for storytelling performances in the future.

Individuals who enter the competition will participate in a performance workshop with an industry professional, a rehearsal of their storytelling performance before performing in front of a live audience.

Event and Ticket Details

Hearing Aid Loop Wheelchair Access
Dates & Times

23/05/2024 10:00am - 03:00pm


Registration $25 per student for entries

Performance $10 per person

Event Notes

Stages 3, 4, 5 and 6

Thursday 23 May at 10am
5 hours including a 30 minute break

Thursday 23 May at 6:30pm
Duration TBC

Depending on how your school engages with this activity, Sharp Short Story can link with English and Drama in different ways for Stages 3 – 6.


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