Time to pick up pens
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
Keen to read entries: organiser Pablo Freeman