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Entries close: Banjo Paterson Writing Awards

Fri April 24

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Entries are now open for this year’s annual Banjo Paterson Writing Awards. The contest is sponsored by Orange City Library, the Central Western Daily and ABC Central West Radio established in 1991, these awards aim to honour Banjo Paterson, a great Australian writer and favourite son of Orange, with a competition to encourage short story or poetry writing with Australian content. Interest has come from right around the country in previous years, with anywhere between fifty and one hundred entries submitted.

Cr Reg Kidd is encouraging everyone to join in on the fun and let their imaginations run wild. “Entries in any of the categories don’t have to be written in the same style as the work of Banjo Paterson. These awards are aimed at promoting Australian writing and writers,” Cr Reg Kidd said. There are three categories with generous prizes to be won.

Category one is a short story with a maximum word limit of three thousand words. Category two is contemporary poetry for poets to submit no more than two hundreds lines.

There is a $15 joining fee for both categories one and two, but the winner of each will take home the grand prize of two thousand dollars. The final category is for the younger generation of poets. Those aged sixteen years old or under are asked to submit a short story no longer than one thousand words or a short poem no longer than thirty lines that comes at an entry free of five dollars. There will be a first, second and third prize in this category all taking home a share in five hundred dollars.

Orange City Council’s Services Committee Chair Cr Scott Munro said he is pleased to see the competition open to all ages. “This particular competition gives both children and adults the chance to try their hand at something new, or perhaps continue on with a love for poetry. It is a unique ability to be able to write poetry and this will highlight those who truly deserve recognition,” Cr Munro said.

The winners will be publicly announced at the Readers and Writers Festival to be held on Saturday 1 August at the Hotel Canobolas.


Fri April 24
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