Entries open for literary prize
Entries are now open for the 2018 Joseph Furphy Commemorative Literary Prize.
Now in its 26th year, the literary prize was inaugurated in 1993 to commemorate 150 years since the birth of Joseph Furphy.
Under the pen name Tom Collins, Furphy wrote a number of books and articles and is best known for his work Such is Life.
The Furphy Foundry Pty Ltd generously donates the prizemoney for this annual competition, encouraging poets and story writers to share their work.
Poetry entries may be on any subject and in any style and will be judged in two sections.
The youth section is for entrants up to 18 years of age and carries a prize of $75 for a poem of up to 30 lines.
The open section carries a prize of $150 for a poem of up to 40 lines.
Robyn Black is the judge for the open poetry section.
She is a poet, the president of the Goulburn Valley Writers’ Group Inc., and a former editor of Tamba magazine.
David Kelly is the judge for the youth poetry section. He is a poet and a former organiser with the Poets’ Union Inc.
Entries for the short story competition will be judged in three sections.
The junior section caters for entrants up to 12 years of age and carries a prize of $50 for a story of up to 2000 words.
The youth section, for entrants aged 13 to 18, carries a prize of $100 for a story of up to 3000 words.
The open section carries a prize of $300 for a short story with a maximum word limit of 3500 words.
The judges for the short story competition are John Lewis (open section), Pauline Roberts (youth section) and Suellen Drysdale (junior section).
John is the chief of staff and a columnist for the Shepparton News, Pauline is the winner of the Kingston Artz Blitz 2015 Creative Writing Prize, and Suellen is a children’s author and vice-president of the Goulburn Valley Writers’ Group Inc.
Entries for the competition close on Friday, October 19.
Entry forms are available from all branches of Goulburn Valley Libraries, or may be downloaded from the website at www.gvlibraries.com.au For more information, phone event organiser Jan Sutton at Goulburn Valley Libraries administration on 1300 374 765.