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Regional Arts Development Central West NSW



Closes 10 May 2024. Established in 1991, the awards honour Banjo, acknowledged as a great writer and favourite son of Orange, with a competition encouraging Australian content. However, entries do not have to be written in Banjo’s style of bush writing.

This year marks 160 years since Andrew Barton ‘Banjo’ Paterson was born at Narrambla, Orange, and Central West Libraries announces the call for entries in the 2024 Banjo Paterson Writing Awards on his birthday, Saturday 17 February.

The categories are:

Short Story: First Prize $2,000

Contemporary Poetry: First Prize $2,000

ABC Radio Central West Children’s Writing Award: First Prize $200, Second Prize $100 and Third Prize $100.

Adult Entry Fee $15, Children Entry Fee $5.

Entries are due Friday 10 May 2024 at 5pm. They can be emailed to: or posted to Banjo Paterson Writing Awards, PO Box 194, Orange NSW 2800.

Check the 2024 Entry Form for full terms and conditions and include with your entry. Forms are available online or visit your local Library.

Previous winning entries can be found at Central West Libraries’ online resource Recollect for inspiration.

The awards are supported by Orange City Council, ABC Central West, and the Central Western Daily newspaper.