Queensland Writers Centre

Ever wanted to see your name in lights?

From 30 October to 24 November 2017, Queensland Writers Centre is giving you the opportunity to publish your work and be seen by up to 300,000 people across South East Queensland.

There’s just one catch.

You can use only eight words.

How to enter


Choose from one of the following themes:

  • Change
  • Love
  • Home
  • Play

How you want to interpret the theme is entirely up to you.

Scroll down or following this link to send us your story.

Let us know your name (whether real,  pseudonym, or Twitter handle) so we can add your name to the story.

Let us know your email address so we can get in touch if your story is posted to the site.

Alternatively, if you’re on Twitter, you write your story there. Just tag us @qldwriters and hashtag #8WordStory.

If you have given us your email address, you’ll receive a message if your story is posted to this site.

Share it around. Let the world see your brilliance with 8 words.

Once posted here, your story is eligible to be published to THE goa GRID™, a network of digital billboards throughout South East Queensland.

You did it!

Thanks to everyone who submitted a story (or a few) over the last six weeks. We have been completely overwhelmed by the number and quality of entries from people of all ages and walks of life. The campaign has generated the equivalent of a novel (80,000 words) in #8WordStory submissions, which is extraordinary.

It’s true. We have amassed more than

10,000 entries

Entrants included New York Times bestselling authors, Australian award-winning writers, Australian and international publishing houses, the Queensland Police Service, Urban Utilities, and Queensland Health and hundreds of school children from across Australia.

Nick Earls, who lent his expertise to the project by choosing which stories make their way on to the billboards, said:

“I never thought it would be this big. It’s as if the world got together to write a crazy novel in tiny pieces in a few weeks, and publish it in letters several metres high. I also never thought it would be as much fun as it has been. Every morning I’ve been waking up to a Twitter feed full of billboard pics, as excited authors post images of their published work.”

And, finally, congratulations to Susan Perel, who was lucky enough to submit at just the right time to be our official 10,000th story.

So long, Queensland. And thanks for the stories.


Or Tag @qldwriters

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