Much More Than Words

Mudgee Valley Writers FAW

Competition Results 2022

First Place Rekindling Deborah Cooke Mt Marsden

Second Place The Butterfly Noel Pickett Branxton

Third Place The Gardener Maria Radanov Kyabram

Cover Design On Natures Terms Narelle Noppert Picton


The Observer Amy Miller Marcus Beach

Let The Dragons Play Peter O’Shaughnessy Eaton

The Siren Song of Home Lara Flanagan Tenterfield

I Listened to her Silence Kevin Pye Mudgee

Alleyway Samuel D. Mayson Mudgee

Myself Manuga Bandara Girraween

Listen To The Rising Sun Jim Kent Port Fairy

What She Can Be Wendell Watt Greenwich

Single Apple On A Tree Elizabeth Blackmore Broken Hill

Moon In The Morning Anne Elizabeth Andrews Waukivory

Ode To Luna Joanne Fairclough Blackburn

Chasing Rainbows Sheryl Malony Salter Point

Remember… Verena Bacchini Balgowlah

A Life Jude Sattler Mudgee

Babe of the Vineyards Monica Lee Mudgee

Ghost Gum Agi Dobson Korumburra

Coffee Natalie Cooper Burwood

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MidWestern Regional Council

Much More Than Words Competition update

The closing date for entering Much More Than Words has now passed. Thank you to the many people who entered.

We have received some entry fees into our bank account from people whose entries have not yet arrived. If you entered and have not received an email confirmation that we have received your entry it is because we have not received it.

You can get in touch with us by emailing

Best wishes and good luck to all our entrants.

A picture is worth a thousand words

The first impression of this picture is ‘what well-behaved dogs.’ And for the split-second this picture was taken, indeed they were. However, immediately after they both liberated some baubles from the Christmas tree and proceeded to chase them around the house.

Flash fiction style

Tell us your picture story—flash fiction style—in 250 words. What was contrary to the image, or what does your picture emphatically say? You only have 11 days to submit your entry. Click on the competition link to download the entry form and get writing.


Bally and Maddie–at a quiet moment

A big shout out to our local council

When my husband and I moved to the Mudgee region we did it for a tree change in preparation for our retirements. We are 30 years away from being locals, but our decision was based on well-researched factors. We had a choice of areas to move to.

We are 30 years away from being locals

My husband’s only criterion was good wine. However, I wanted somewhere that promoted the arts. Mudgee boasts a booming arts culture, and the Mid Western Regional Council are 100% behind this. And to prove my beliefs Mid Western Regional Council has again supported the Mudgee Valley Writers in promoting beginning and emerging writers with sponsorship for our competition and exhibition.

A big thank you to our local council—who would want to live anywhere else?


The clock tower (from Mid-Western Regional Council website)

Much More Than Words photo/prose competition

The Much More Than Words competition is in full swing with quite a number of entries already received. Our members are very excited to begin the process of judging the colourful entries and keeping them at bay is proving to be a harder task than anticipated.

Our competition committee is hard at work, collaborating with the Mudgee Readers Festival organisers to plan the exhibition of photos, prose and poetry at the festivals Home-Grown event. With so much happening this year’s exhibition will be our best so far.

Don’t forget to get your entries in before June 17th. Entry forms can be downloaded at the competitions tab.

One of Mudgee’s stunning sunsets.

Since 1986, we still WRITE ON!