Competitions / Opportunities

SLQ Young Writers Award

The State Library of Queensland are running a short story competition for writers aged 18 to 25 (who happen to live in the Sunshine State).

Stories should be original, up to 2500 words, and accompanied by an entry form (but no entry fee!). All the official conditions and formatting guidelines are on the entry form itself, so download a copy from the SLQ website.

The website itself actually has heaps of helpful info like ‘Hints for writing a story’ plus a bunch of past winning stories. This stuff is a great resource to have going into a writing comp because you can easily gauge what the prize is about, what they’re looking for, and what could get you the winning cash.

Which happens to be $2000. Plus a membership to the QLD Writers Centre, the Australian Writer’s Marketplace, and free admission to a QLD Writers Centre workshop.

And as if the prospect of winning a huge shove into the writing industry wasn’t cool enough, the entry form states that “The winning entry may be published in part or whole by The Courier Mail and also on its website”.

Keen? I know you are. Live in Queensland? I wish I did too. But if you’re up there now, get your story in by July 19 2012 and everything the light touches could be yours.

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