Since 2010 FOBL has run a writing competition, open to students from public schools in the Balmain area, and Balmain Secondary College. The competition offered 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.
Due to COVID 19 the Writing Competiton was not run in 2020

The FOBL committee is currently working together with the Balmain library and looking at future involvement with Youth initiatives.

Winning stories and poems can be read below.