It’s that time of year again

This is a great time of year for young people who love to write stories. There are two major writing competitions, open to all West Australians of school age, at the moment.

The NIE Young Writers Competition has two sections, poetry and prose. Primary and Secondary students of all ages can enter one piece of work in each section. Two panels of judges, one primary and one secondary, read all the entries. Then they meet to discuss and agree on the top ten pieces of work in each age group.

The Tim Winton Awards, run by the Subiaco Library, accept only prose entries, but they have expanded the competition, in the last few years, to include country students. This competition is also open to students of all ages and is judged by a panel of experienced people. Tim Winton is the patron and has presented the prizes at every ceremony since the inception of the competition almost twenty years ago.

Both of these writing competitions close at the end of May, so get busy and polish up those stories. Competitions like this are a great way to improve your writing and editing skills, which will come in handy in many other areas of your life. Have a go. You never know … And there is money to be won.

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