The Vala Writer’s Prize

Aeoncademy’s Vala program centres around collaborative story telling. We have all sorts of modalities to facilitate telling those stories, which all relate to character play, taking on a character in a place and time different from the participant’s own. This means that in Vala each day we work together to develop a story, a narrative,  as a group by piecing together a pastiche of different character experiences.

Vala Writers

From our earliest days, Vala’s stories have been developed into written records, with players sending in ‘Character Reports’ to the Vala facilitator to help progress the story, and the way we told stories inspired our current facilitators to where we are today. You can read more about our Vala Facilitators here.

After a fabulously successful First Edition, Aeoncademy is really excited to announce the Second Vala Writer’s Prize.

Vala Writer's Prize

The Vala Writer’s Prize

One free day in the upcoming Aeoncademy Holiday Program – worth $190.00 and publication in Æ°nDawn Magazine.

How To Enter

  • Create a narrative work in which the key element is writing, this can be a short story, novella, comic book or series of panels, or any other predominantly written work.
  • Theme – My Character’s Story – A story from a character played during the recent-most Holiday Program. This can be what happened during that day’s story, or the backstory behind the character.
  • Submissions — Submit your work as a PDF or Word document electronically to the Aeoncademy email address
  • Entries open on: January 3rd 2017
  • Entries close by: 5.00pm on 31st of January, 2017.
  • Unlimited entries per entrant.
  • Word limit  – unlimited!

Conditions of entry

  1. Entries must be your own original work.
  2. Work will not be returned to authors.
  3. Submit your story by the deadline.
  4. The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  5. Winning and selected works may be used by Aeoncademy, whether on the website, or in print, as-submitted or with modification, in any form Aeoncademy deems fit.
  6. Published entries may be subject to editing.
  7. Entry indicates acceptance of these rules.
  8. Winners of the Vala Writer’s Prize will be notified and the prize will be awarded at the Aeoncademy Open Day, following the Live Action Dramatic Adventure Demonstration, on the 4th of March, 2017!


The stories entered in the Vala Writer’s Prize will be judged by a selection from a panel of judges made up of Vala’s content-developing Facilitators, Mathew Long, Luke Jordan, and Andrew Yallop.