History’s Mysteries Young Writers Competition

Every museum object has a story.  

Some of those stories may never be told. 

This year, the Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre is touring a collection of objects uncovered in Queen’s Gardens, which was once a rubbish tip. The objects will be shown in the Museum during the April and July ​school holidays, and will be travelling to participating local high schools during term time.

The objects are over 100 years old, and it is hard to believe that they were ever thrown away. Your challenge is to imagine the history of one or more of these objects, and to tell it in a short story of up to 1000 words.

The competition will be judged in two divisions: Years 7 to 9 and Years 10 to 12. Each division will have three prize categories.

How to Enter

Please email your entry to museum@bunbury.wa.gov.au with the subject ‘History’s Mysteries Entry [Your Full Name]’

Attach your story as a word document or PDF. Copy, paste and complete the following in the body of the email:

Full Name:


School Year:

School Name:

Phone Number: 

Email Address:

Home Postcode:

Guardian Name:

Guardian Phone Number:

Guardian Email Address:

Do you have your guardian’s permission to enter the competition?:

Do you give permission for your work to be shared online, displayed in the museum, and added to the Museum’s collection?:

Entry Details 

Entries must be in short story form, and be a maximum of 1000 words long. They may be written in any genre. 

Entrants must be aged 12 – 18 years in November 2022 and must live or go to school in the Greater Bunbury area. 

The story must mention one or more of the objects in the touring collection. These objects will be displayed at the Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre during the April and July school holidays, and they will be touring local high schools throughout the year. 

All entries must be original work written by the named author for the competition. 

Entries should be submitted using the form on our website on or before September 23rd 2022. If this is not possible, they may be submitted in person at the Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre, where you can fill out a paper entry form. 

Submissions must be in PDF or Word Document format, and may be a maximum of 10MB in size. 

Winners will be announced in late November. Prizes will be presented at an event at the Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre, and the winning entries will be read aloud. Authors may choose whether they would like to read their work, or have it read by another person. 

The winning stories will be displayed in the Museum along with the objects. 

While the Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre will retain the right to display the stories, publicise them online, and add them to the Museum’s collections, copyright for the work will remain with the author.