2018 Banjo Paterson Writing Awards

Closing date: Friday 20 April 2018

Orange City Library, the Central Western Daily and ABC Central West Radio have opened this year’s Banjo Paterson Writing Awards for entries, with Prizemoney Doubled for this year’s competition.

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.

There are three categories:

CATEGORY 1: Short Story
Maximum 3,000 words. Prize $2,000. Entry Fee $15 per entry.

CATEGORY 2: Contemporary Poetry
Maximum 200 lines. Prize $2,000. Entry Fee $15 per entry.

CATEGORY 3: Children’s Writing Awards (16 years and under)
Sponsored by ABC Central West Radio.

  • Children’s Short Story entries maximum 1,000 words, OR
  • Children’s Poetry entries maximum 30 lines (excluding title).

First Prize for the Children’s Writing Awards is $200, Second Prize $100, Third Prize $100.
Entry Fee $5 per entry [please provide age as at 20 April 2018 on the Entry Form].

“Entries in any of the categories don’t have to be written in the same style as the work of Banjo Paterson as the awards are aimed at promoting Australian writing and writers,” Orange Mayor Cr Reg Kidd said. “The only requirement is for Australian content.”

The winners will be publicly announced at the Readers and Writers Festival to be held on Saturday 28th July at the Hotel Canobolas. The winning short story entry will be published in The Central Western Daily and winning entries will also be published on the Central West Libraries website.

Entry forms with full Conditions of Entry are available from the Central West Libraries website www.cwl.nsw.gov.au, or by phoning 6393 8120.


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