The Footpath Library is delighted to announce the winners of the 2016 Epic! Short Story Competition


First: Phillip Greenwood, St. George Christian School, Hurstville, NSW
(16GB Samsung Galaxy Tablet)

Second: Georgia Holmes, Earlwood Public School, NSW
(Panasonic TZ80 Superzoom Still Digital Camera)

Third: Savannah Rogers, MLC Primary School Claremont, WA (Beats Solo 2 Headphones)



First: Gabrielle Lim, Kilvington Grammar School, Ormond, Victoria (16GB Samsung Galaxy Tablet)

Second: Isabelle Juric, Comet Bay College, WA (Panasonic TZ80 Superzoom Still Digital Camera)

Third: Tuscany Barwick, Palm Beach Currumbin State High, QLD (Beats Solo 2 Headphones)



Darwin High, NT (a Street Library to install within the community)



Writers of the shortlisted stories on the 2016 Honour Roll will each receive a book pack.


Epic! Short Story Competition is open to all primary and secondary students across the country. To take part, students were invited to submit an original 300 word story on this year’s theme, ‘Friendship’.

“This year judging was made that much harder due to the quality of entries we received from students all over Australia, from Willyung, WA to Garden Island Creek, Tasmania” said The Footpath Library’s Founding Director, Sarah Garnett.

“I’d like to thank the 400 students who entered—you give The Footpath Library great hope for the literacy of young people in Australia. Please, keep reading and writing!

“I would also like to thank our sponsors this year for providing the great prizes, For Pity Sake Publishing, Street Library Australia, Bloomsbury, Black inc, Hachette, Pan Macmillan  and Random House. Without the support of such organisations we would not be able to run the competition each year”.

Speaking on behalf of the judging panel, program co-ordinator Meredith Jaffé added; “In the end, the winners are those that both challenged or intrigued us in their approach to the theme, and surprised or delighted us in their use of language or form. Congratulations to all the winners and our sincere thanks to all of the entrants. We loved reading your work and discovering through it, new ways of thinking about friendship and what it means.”

The Footpath Library relies on donations, if you would like to make a donation please follow this link. Your donation can help encourage a homeless person to read.