Under the Silver Tree Cooperative Bookshop has some new round of writing competitions and would like to see lots of locals entering.
Since its inception in 2016, the not-for-profit Bookshop has put a portion of its proceeds of its sales into the development of reading and writing in the Far West region.
We hope that with these competitions we will not only encourage local talent but also highlight the diversity of arts and culture of the area more broadly.
Competitions that are currently open are for short story, poetry and non-fiction.
The short story competition is for works of up to 2000 words which is a response to the quote by Rebecca West: “The world is round and what might seem like the end may also be only the beginning.”
First prize is $1000 and there are also prizes of $100 for two highly commended. The short story competition closes on April 30.
The poetry competition is for poems of up to 50 lines on any topic.
We are pleased to have internationally renowned poet Les Wickes as the judge for this competition.
First prize is for $1000 and there is also a $300 prize for the best local entry and two highly commended prizes of $100 each.
Lastly, there is a non-fiction prize that closes on February 1.
This is open to biographies of a family member or friend who has spent a significant part of their life in the Western New South Wales region.
The word limit is 2500 words and there are two sections: the first is an individual author and the other is for collaborations.
There are two $500 prizes for each section and there are up to five highly commended prizes of $100 each.
There will also be an award of $100 for a writer aged 18 or under donated by West Darling Arts.
Entry forms for all three competitions are available on our website underthesilvertree.com or by emailing us at [email protected].
Under the Silver Tree Cooperative Bookshop has just undergone a major renovation and will be open on Monday, January 24.