Deb Abela will be presenting sessions at the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival.
Deb Abela will be presenting sessions at the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival.

Time for young writers to get busy

ARE you a keen young writer or perhaps an avid reader and hopeful prize winner?

With the Bellingen Readers’ and Writers’ Festival just around the corner, there is plenty of incentive to get those pens moving.

Children under 14 years have the chance to win signed copies of Ian Irwine and Deb Abela’s latest books or one of three $30 Dymocks book vouchers when they enter the children’s writing competition.

Deb Abela, an award-winning children’s author and the current National Literacy Ambassador, has provided these opening lines for story submissions:

“What was that?

“Nothing”, my brother complained and rolled over. “Now go back to sleep.

But it happened again and this time, even he couldn’t ignore it.”

Submissions should be no more than 300 words and sent to advocate@coffscoastadvocate.com.au

The cut-off date is March 25 and the Coffs Coast Advocate will publish selected entries during Youth Week, from April 1 to 10.

Deb Abela is appearing in numerous sessions at the Bellingen Readers’ and Writers ‘Festival, including a free children’s event at Bellingen Library on Saturday April 9, at 9.30am.

She had these tips for young writers: read lots, practise writing as often as you can, write about things you care about and start now.

Before you over 14-year-olds start sighing, you haven’t been forgotten.

Keep your eyes peeled for the promotion coupon in next Wednesday and Saturday’s Coffs Coast Advocate for your chance to win a return flight for two flying Brindabella Airlines from Coffs Harbour to Brisbane.

Consolation prizes include a double pass to the Literary Lunch, presented by Coffs Coast Advocate and Dymocks and two $30 book vouchers courtesy of Dymocks.

Cut out the coupon and post to Literary Lunch 53 Moonee Street, Coffs Harbour, NSW, 2450 by March 23.



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