Writers lured by bevy of prizes

GYMPIE libraries have teamed up with the Bendigo Bank to invite all aspiring local writers to take part in the Bendigo Literary Awards.

The awards are an exciting competition held each year during Gold Rush Week to foster the region's creative and artistic endeavours.

This competition is even more exciting in 2012, embracing the National Year of Reading initiative.

There are many state and national writing competitions for writers to enter.

Aspiring entrants are encouraged to sort out unfinished stories, poems and ideas for picture books and with a little additional creative effort, winning the competition becomes a possibility. And entry is free.

There are three sections in the competition - Short Story, Poetry and Picture Book - giving writers the opportunity to excel in their chosen genre. The competition is open to young people between 10 and 16 years and adults 17 years and over who live in the Gympie Regional Council area.

Prize money has been increased for the awards this year. There are prizes of up to $110 for children and $160 for adults.

Entry forms are available at all Gympie libraries and Bendigo Bank branches.

The competition closes on Monday, August 27 at 5pm and as a highlight of the Gympie Gold Rush celebrations, there will be a special award presentation evening on Tuesday, October 9 from 5.30pm at the Gympie Library. An independent judge, a qualified, highly regarded published writer, will be assisting in the presentation of awards and speaking about their own experiences.

For further information, log on to www.gympie.qld.gov.au/library, contact the Gympie Library on 54810859 or writers can drop in to their nearest library.

Gympie Times


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