Calling all international students! Enter our ‘Me & Melbourne’ storytelling competition

Why did you choose Melbourne? Who are the Melbournians that have made it feel like home? Share it with us for an opportunity to win the ultimate Melbourne experience pack and an invitation to an exclusive writing workshop with a local author!

Study Melbourne has partnered with Melbourne Writers Festival to bring your stories to life and celebrate diverse international student experiences in Victoria. Winners will be presented with their prizes on stage during the Melbourne Writers Festival on 1 September.

We want to know about your Melbourne experience, either in written form or visually. You can write, film, draw or photograph something that represents your experience here, whether it be a place, book, festival, street, restaurant, event, experience or anything else. It must fit within one of the categories listed below.

Members of the public, in Victoria and overseas, including friends and family, will also be given the opportunity to vote for their favourite shortlisted submission through Melbourne Writers Festival’s website. The entry with the most votes will win the award for People’s Choice.

Tell us your Melbourne story for the chance to win amazing prizes!


• Each category winner will receive the ultimate Melbourne experience pack – containing a selection of iconic Melbourne gifts and tickets to Melbourne experiences
• The People’s Choice winner will also receive a money-can’t-buy mentoring experience with an influential individual in their field.
• All shortlisted winners will be invited to attend an exclusive writing workshop held at the Study Melbourne Student Centre, run by a local author.

Suggested topics

• Finding my place in Melbourne
• Why I chose Melbourne
• Melbournians who have made it feel like home
• Life in a global city for a global student


1. Written – High School (up to 500 words): Are you studying at high school? This category is for you. If you are under 18 please make sure you have your parent or guardian’s permission to submit the entry form and enter the competition.
2. Written – English Language Training (up to 500 words): Are you studying to improve your English? This category is for you.
3. Written – Vocational Education and Training (up to 500 words): Are you studying at a TAFE or private training college? This category is for you.
4. Written – Higher Education (up to 1000 words): Are you studying at university? This category is for you.
5. Visual: You don’t need to be a professional, but if drawing, photography or video is more your style, tell us your story in visual form! Options include a comic strip (up to 2 A4 pages), photo story board (must be at least three images), video (maximum 5 minutes) or single page illustration. If you choose video do not worry, we are not expecting film quality or length. Content filmed on your smartphone will work, so long as it tells a story. This category is open to all international students in Victoria, no matter what you are studying or your institution.

Key dates

29 June – Competition opens – 10am AEST
23 July – Competition closes – 10am AEST
3 August – Shortlist notified, winners decided by judging panel
8 August – Shortlist announced, hosted on MWF website and People’s Choice voting begins – 10am AEST
20 August – Voting closes for People’s Choice – 10am AEST
1 September – Award ceremony – shortlist presented with certificates and winners announced

How to enter

• We only accept entries from international students currently living and studying in Victoria
• Written submissions must be in English
• Read the Terms and Conditions for eligibility and prize information
• Upload your entries via the form below

Submit your entry

Me & Melbourne Entry Form

  • Your phone number in Australia.
  • Your email address will only be used to contact you regarding your entry in the competition.
  • The title of your submission.
  • Drop files here or
    Attach your submission in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .png, or .jpg format. If your submission is a video, please contact