Still time to get creative

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

BUD­DING au­thors and po­ets have less than two weeks left to put pen to pa­per for the Gazette/ Reef Writ­ers short story com­pe­ti­tion.

Peo­ple from all walks of life are en­cour­aged to en­ter, from school stu­dents to ex­pe­ri­enced writ­ers, to show off their writ­ing fi­nesse in the short story or po­etry com­pe­ti­tions.

For­mer com­pe­ti­tion win­ner and Moss­man State High School teacher He­len Ramout­saki said the com­pe­ti­tion is a great op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to put their work out there.

“It cre­ates a great sense of com­mu­nity and lets peo­ple ex­press them­selves,” she said.

“I’m try­ing to en­cour­age some of my stu­dents to en­ter some short sto­ries or po­etry pieces to help them gain con­fi­dence by get­ting their work out there for peo­ple to read.”

The com­pe­ti­tion is run­ning for the fifth year and or­gan­iser Pablo Free­man said there has been a great re­sponse in the past.

“With still a week to go be­fore the en­tries close we are call­ing to any­one who en­joys writ­ing to sub­mit a short story or poem,” he said.

“We are en­cour­ag­ing younger kids that are learn­ing to write sto­ries to let their imag­i­na­tions run wild and sub­mit a story.”

The theme or sub­ject for pieces is open and en­tries can be fic­tion or non­fic­tion. En­tries close on July 13.

The best en­tries will be pub­lished in the Gazette over the com­ing months with ma­jor spon­sor While­away Book­shop pro­vid­ing a bunch of book vouch­ers for those pub­lished. See page 14 of to­day’s Gazette for de­tails on how to en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion..

Photo by JESSIE TOL­SON

Sat­is­fy­ing: He­len Ramout­saki has en­tered in the short story com­pe­ti­tion

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