Full competition details and how to enter, head to the Honi Soit writing Competition landing page

To subsist. To prevail. What is existing?

Honi Soit’s 2024 writing competition wants YOU to interrogate the notion of existing, what it means to you, students or the world. Are we existing as we should? How do we draw the boundaries of what exists and what does not? How do existing things interact with threats to extinction? Draw on personal experiences, worldly fears and more. Don’t draw limits.

This competition is open to all University of Sydney students, and is divided into fiction and non-fiction categories.

NON-FICTION: Pieces can be up to 1200 words, and must of an opinion genre expressing a clear argument. Reimagine, revisit, re-examine. We want you to convince, challenge and provoke us.

FICTION: Pieces can be up to 2000 words of prose or 40 lines of poetry. However, you are not restricted to write in these styles. Be as creative as you would like, and interpret the theme as broadly as you wish while still maintaining thematic links.


PRIZE MONEY (in each category):

First place – $2000

Second place – $700

Third place – $250

Editor’s choice – $50



Coming soon – watch this space!



Entries are open to all USyd students and will close Sunday April 7th at 11.59pm. You can submit one work per category (two pieces maximum). Submit here.

Winners and top-placing entries will be published in a future edition of Honi.


We cannot wait to read your submissions!