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Inspiring young writers

Inspiring young writers

The Swan Hill Regional Library, in conjunction with our local primary schools is thrilled to announce the launch of the Young Writers Award Writing Competition – an exciting project working with Prep to Year 6 and multiclass school children across the Swan Hill district.

Designed to encourage and inspire creative writing, students wishing to enter are required to write a narrative piece of no more than 500 words. Their entry must be typed on a single A4 piece of paper, with simple illustrations also allowed.

Council’s Cultural Development and Libraries Manager Camille Cullinan said the theme for the competition was the Murray River.

“We’re using a past Youthspective photo entry by Nathan Beveridge of the Murray River to inspire student’s ideas and thoughts,” Ms Cullinan said.

“Schools are then invited to select the three best entries from Grade Prep, Grade 1 and 2, Grade 3 and 4, Grade 5 and 6, and multi-class entries are unlimited.

Nyah District Primary School teacher Pam Paynter said the competition was designed to promote student writing.

“We not only wanted to encourage students writing, but provide a platform to share and celebrate the fantastic writing that is happening in local schools,” Ms Paynter said.

“Students are encouraged to use interesting ideas and words, along with correct spelling and punctuation to ‘wow’ the judges.”

Students from the Swan Hill Secondary College literature class will short list entries, which will then be judged by award winning author Fluer Ferris. Prizes will be awarded to the winner and runner-up in each of the five categories.

A People’s Choice award will also be awarded to the piece of writing that receives the most likes on the Swan Hill Library Facebook page.

Shortlisted entries will be on display at the library during October.

Winners and runners up will be announced at a presentation at the library during Children’s Week on Wednesday, 25 October at 7pm. Winning entries will also be published in The Guardian.