Budding, young local writers are welcome to put pen to paper and enter the City of Armadale’s annual Armadale Young Writers’ Awards.
The awards have been held since 2011 to recognise excellence in writing, encourage creativity and help develop writing talent in young people from all backgrounds across the City.
The Armadale Young Writers Awards will run from 1 to 30 June 2017, and entries will only be accepted during this time. This creative writing competition is open to students in Years 3 to 12 who reside, or attend school in the City of Armadale.
City of Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones OAM, JP said the annual competition provides a platform to develop and inspire young writers in the community.
“We have many promising young writers in Armadale and the Young Writers’ Awards are a great opportunity for them to express their gift of writing and have their story told,” he said.
The categories are broken into the following grade groups of Years 3 and 4, Years 5 and 6, Years 7 and 8, Years 9 and 10, and Years 11 and 12.
In each category there will be a first prize of $200, second prize of $150 and a third prize of $100. An extra prize will be awarded for the best work overall. This will be judged from all the award winning entries, and will receive a $50 book voucher.
The City will collate the stories by all place getters into a book. These, along with a trophy and a certificate, will be presented to each place getter at the award ceremony. A Perpetual Shield will be presented to the school of the student whose work is considered Best Overall.
To enter the Armadale Young Writers’ Award collect an entry form from Armadale, Kelmscott or Seville Grove library from 1 June, or enter online once the competition has opened. Go to https://library.armadale.wa.gov.au for entry forms and the Terms and Conditions.
Works must be prose only and stories should be 2000 words or less. Poetry, scripts or graphic novels will not be accepted.