Since 2010 FOBL has run a writing competition, open to students from public schools in the Balmain area, and Balmain Secondary College. The competition offers generous prizes to participants, and the schools are rewarded not only by the success of their pupils but by a substantial book voucher for their libraries.

The nature and theme of the competition and the signature words changes from year to year, and you can keep informed by signing up to our newsletter and reading the website.

The growing number of participants each year has highlighted the popularity of this competition. A vibrant award night concludes the competition, with parents, teachers, and winners mingling to celebrate the wonderful achievements of Balmain’s young writers.

In 2012 FOBL published stories by the primary school finalists of 2010 and 2011. A specially designed book is now available which showcases the imaginative writing of our young entrants. See below for details and how to purchase.

The winning stories and poems can be read below.


2019 FOBL Primary Writing Competition

The 2019 FOBL Primary Writing Competition has now been launched. The focus this year is on story writing. Now celebrating its tenth year, the competition is run with the cooperation of local schools and all teachers of Years 5 and 6 have been sent a comprehensive Teacher’s Pack of materials. The Entry Form, Conditions of Entry and Information Flyer may be downloaded from the Friends of Balmain Library Store.  Click this link to see all on one page.