As part of the 2023 Winter Magic festival, RoseyRavelston Books and Greater Blue Mountains Creative Arts Network are proud to host a Short Story, Poetry & Artwork competition for Blue Mountains residents.

The theme for this annual competition is Regenesis-Water. You are asked to consider the way water flows through our landscape and the importance of water to our very existence in this dry country. 


Regenesis is the call to human beings for a new relationship with the Earth and all its lifeforms that aligns with Australia’s ancient cultural ethos of Caring for Country enshrined in First Nations’ knowledge systems. This knowledge was kept alive in the Songlines through the power of the arts

Regenesis requires both an inner spiritual transformation of how we see ourselves, and an outer transformation in how we act. It builds on the regenerative agricultural movement, and the move to a regenerative economic and societal frameworks to meet the challenges of our times and is aligned with Council’s Planetary Health Initiative.

We recommend heading to the Regenesis Collective and greenprints to get a better idea of the theme of Regenesis and Regenerative Living. You can also get yourself a copy of Barbara Lepani’s recent book, The Regenesis Journey, available at, and which will be onsale at the launch event on 25 June.


A selection of the best illustrations, short stories and poetry will be published in the Regenesis—Water Anthology, which will be launched on:

Sunday 25 June, at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Workshop Room (next to the gallery) 2.30 – 4.30pm.  Winners of each category will be invited to speak about their work at the launch.

Barbara Lepani, author of The Regenesis Journey, which draws on a series of blog articles from the Regenesis Collective, will also launch her book at this event.


There are 3 categories:

  • Short Stories (max. 1,000 words)
  • Poetry (max. 500 words)
  • Artwork, drawings, photographs (any format, colour or b/w)

Please email all submissions to – entries through any other channels will not be considered.

The closing date for submissions is midnight 31 May 2023. Any submissions received after this time will not be considered.

One winner from each category will receive:

We’re particularly keen to promote the work of people from all sorts of diverse backgrounds within the Blue Mountains.

Competition Rules:

You can only enter once per category (you can submit 1 poem and 1 short story but not 2 poems)

You must be resident within the Blue Mountains LGA (must be able to provide current proof of residence if requested)

All works must be on the theme of “Regenesis: Water”

All poems and short stories must be submitted in either word or pdf formats

All drawings, artwork or photographs must be submitted in either jpg or png formats, preferably A4 or A5 sized

A judging panel of three people will assess a shortlist of finalists

The judges decisions are final. The three winners will be informed shortly after 7 June 2023.

Submissions that make the shortlists and longlists will also be published in the “Regenesis” anthology, due to be published and launched on 25 June 2023. Successful submissions for publication will also be informed shortly after 7 June 2023.