Melbourne’s Greek Australian Cultural League (GACL) returns with its annual literature degustation promoting Greek-Australian writers and artists whose work reflects the confluence of both cultures.

The non-profit organisation continues to support the creative endeavours of the Greek community in Australia by initiating and organising a number of annual events such as the Antipodean Palette Art Exhibition, an Annual Literary Competition and the publication of the bilingual Antipodes periodical.

The Literary Competition includes works written in the Greek or English language, by writers residing in Australia and over 18 years of age, in the following categories: Poetry and Short story.

The aim for 2022 is to upgrade the competition through reaching the widest pool of writers in Australia and also, give all members and friends the opportunity to present their unpublished works to a wider audience.

The winning entries in each category in each language will be published in Issue 68 of the annual bilingual periodical Antipodes which will be launched οn Sunday 23 October. The results of the Literary Competition will be announced at a special function incorporating the launch of the periodical Antipodes.

The issue will be devoted with a variety of articles and images commemorating 100 years since the Asia Minor Catastrophe of 1922.

Submissions are expected in Greek or English in both categories (poetry and short stories), by writers residing in Australia who are over 18 years of age.

Application rules:

  • The adjudication will be separate for each language.
  • Participants may submit work in one or all the categories and in one or both languages, with only one piece in each category they choose.
  • Works that do not comply with the limits of content, as prescribed below, will be automatically rejected and will not be forwarded to the Judging Panel.
  • Submissions with many grammatical and syntactical mistakes will be rejected.
  • Content limits: Poem 100 verses (lines); Short story 2000 words.
  • All submissions should be the original work(s) of the authors and should not have been submitted in another competition or have been previously published.
  • Each work submitted should be signed by a pseudonym (nom de plume) and the same pseudonym should be used in signing all the entries submitted by the same person.
  • Each competition entry should be sent only electronically (Word document attachment) to the competition email address: Additionally, in a separate text sent to the same email address, participants are required to forward their particulars, including the pseudonym, the full name, address and telephone numbers and also, the number of verses in their poems and number of words in their short stories (The entry or Application form).
  • The Literary judges reserve the right to preclude an entry if it is considered to have too many syntactical or orthographical mistakes.
  • The First Prize in each category and in each language will receive a commemorative certificate and a monetary prize. The Second and Third Prizes and any Commendations will receive a commemorative award certificate and books.
  • In all categories and languages, the works awarded First Prize will be published in the latest issue of the periodical Antipodes which will be launched on the same day as the announcement of the results.

The deadline for submitting contributions is Friday 24 June, 2022. Works that exceed the specified size limits will be rejected, without involving the Editorial Committee. Works Submitted must be sent electronically in Word document format, (attachment) to