People’s Choice Awards



 “Something magical happens when stories are read aloud.
The spoken word brings stories to life.
Let us hear your words, let us share in the magic.”

The People’s Choice 2017 session is looking for local writers from the western suburbs to read a piece of poetry or prose (no longer than four minutes) which they have written. Registrations close on Sunday 11 June, unless places fill up sooner (places are limited and it will be first-come-first-served).

At the end, the audience votes on whose work they enjoyed the most — who is the most interesting/entertaining/talented?

The first Willy Lit Fest started with it, and it has become a much-loved feature of the festival.

You can opt for the prose or poetry sections – there is a prize of wine for each, as well as runners-up prizes. Whether your reading style is hyper-active or cool and reflective (or somewhere in between) we’d love to hear from you.

We’ve had a wonderful line-up of amateur talent over the years. Many presenters, like  Jackie Kerin  got their start at People’s Choice. Jackie once read a poem which was later published as a picture book, Phar Lap the Wonder Horse! This could be your four minutes of fame.

The People’s Choice will take place at Williamstown Town Hall on Sunday 18 June  2016.

Places are limited, so register your interest by completing the online entry form here.


Previous Winners


Prose: Frank O’Shea “The Four-Colour Problem”

Poetry: Athina Bakirtzidis


Prose: Jonathan Griffiths, “The Winner”

Poetry: Belinda (Bel) Guarnaccia


Prose: Chris Ringrose, “Baptism at Skeleton Creek”

Poetry: Richard Dove