This prestigious literary competition, now in its 31st year, encourages excellence in creative writing and is open to all students who live in or attend school within the City of South Perth. There are five age categories for prose and the Award is open to all students from Year 1 through to Year 12.
Entry forms have been distributed to all schools within the City and are also available online and at South Perth and Manning Libraries.
Held every year, the Award invites young writers to explore a wide spectrum of subjects, styles and themes and recognises the extraordinary creative talent of the City’s youth.
“I encourage all those who have such a strong interest in writing to continue to develop their skills and enter the Award,” Mayor Sue Doherty said.
“The standard of entries each year sets the bar higher and higher, since the Award's inception, over 19,000 entries have been received.”
Every year an anthology of winning entries is produced to recognise the achievement of our young writers. The 2016 anthology is available to view on the Library’s website.
Entries will be judged in the following categories:
• Lower Primary Years 1-2
• Middle Primary Years 3-4
• Upper Primary Years 5-6
• Lower Secondary Years 7-9
• Upper Secondary Years 10-12
Prizes may be awarded for first and second in each category, and certificates for highly commended works may also be awarded.
The most outstanding entry for 2017 will be awarded the Christobel Mattingley Bronze Medallion.
All finalists will be notified about the award ceremony by early July.
Entries may either be submitted in hard copy on standard A4 paper or electronically and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. A completed entry form must accompany each entry.
Entries close Saturday 6 May 2017.
For more information visit the City’s website or contact South Perth Library on 9474 0800.