Time to pick up pens

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE fourth an­nual Gazette/ Reef Writers short story and po­etry competition launches to­day.

The short story and po­etry competition has been ex­panded this year to en­cour­age more ju­nior en­tries and aims to high­light the amaz­ing ar­ray of word­smiths in our midst.

This year’s cat­e­gories in­clude open short story up to 1500 words, open po­etry up to 60 lines, ju­nior short story for 10-16-year-olds up to 600 words and ju­nior po­etry up to 30 lines.

There is also a theme for the first time, with writers en­cour­aged to in­cor­po­rate “move­ment” into their short story or poem which can be fic­tion or non-fic­tion.

While­away Book­stores in Port Dou­glas has once again come on board as the ma­jor prize spon­sor, with the win­ner of each cat­e­gory col­lect­ing a $100 book voucher and the run­ners-up a $25 book voucher.

All the win­ning en­tries will be pub­lished in the Gazette on Oc­to­ber 26.

Or­gan­iser Pablo Free­man said the short story and po­etry competition con­tin­ues to grow and is ex­cited to see what lit­er­ary gems are un­cov­ered this year.

“There’s some in­cred­i­bly tal­ented writers and poets out there just wait­ing to be show­cased to a wider au­di­ence,” he said.

“You don’t need to have ex­pe­ri­ence in writ­ing short sto­ries, you just need to have a good story to tell.”

See page 9 of to­day’s Gazette for an en­try form or down­load one from www. reefwrit­ers.org/2011com­pe­ti­tion

Photo by GREG MCLEAN

Keen to read en­tries: or­gan­iser Pablo Free­man

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