Storytellers and creative writers are encouraged to enter in the 25th Joseph Furphy Commemorative Literary Prize with a host of great prizes up for grabs.
The Literary Prize was inaugurated in 1993 to commemorate 150 years since the birth of Joseph Furphy who, under the pen name of Tom Collins, wrote a number of books and articles.
His best known work is Such is Life.
Poetry entries may be on any subject and in any style and will be judged in two sections.
The youth section is for entrants up to 18 years of age and has a prize of $75 for a poem of up to 30 lines.
The open section has a prize of $150 for a poem of up to 40 lines.
President of the Goulburn Valley Writers’ Group, former editor of Tamba magazine and poet Robyn Black is the judge for the open poetry section.
David Kelly is the judge for the youth poetry section.
Mr Kelly is a poet and a former organiser with the Poets’ Union.
Entries for the short story competition will be judged in three sections.
The junior section caters for entrants up to 12 years of age and has a prize of $50 for a story of up to 2000 words.
The youth section, for entrants 13 to 18 years of age, has a prize of $100 for a story of up to 3000 words.
The open section carries a prize of $300 for a short story with a maximum word limit of 3500 words.
The judges for the short story competition are News chief of staff and columnist John Lewis (open section), Kingston Artz Blitz 2015 Creative Writing Prize winner Pauline Roberts (youth section), and children’s author and vice-president of the Goulburn Valley Writers’ Group Suellen Drysdale (junior section).
The Furphy Foundry has continued its support by donating the prize money for the annual competition.
■Entries for the competition close on October 20. Entry forms are available from all branches of Goulburn Valley Libraries, or may be downloaded from the website at www.gvlibraries.com.au
■For more information, phone the event organiser, Jan Sutton, Goulburn Valley Libraries, Administration on 1300374 765.