Young authors need to get cracking

ASPIRING high school authors get ready to craft your words and create a tale for the Coffs Harbour City Library’s short story competition.

All high school students in the Coffs Harbour area have until May 13 to submit an original short story using the Youth Week slogan for 2011– Own It! – as inspiration. Up to $600 in prize money is up for grabs.

Entries will be judged by best-selling author Ian Irvine and Lis Bastian, CEO of the famous Varuna – The Writers’ House in the Blue Mountains.

Library manager Enzo Accadia said this was an excellent opportunity for aspiring young writers.

“They will have their work judged by two distinguished names from the world of writing and publishing,” Mr Accadia said.

“Participants in the competition and members of the library community will also have the opportunity to meet Ian Irvine and hear him talk about his books, writing and unlocking creativity at a special awards presentation for the short story competition to be held next month.

This event will be held at Coffs Harbour City Library during Library Week.

Entries will be judged in two categories:

Years 7-9: Short Story of between 700 – 1500 words.

Years 10-12: Short Story of between 1000 – 2000 words.

Entries must be lodged electronically by May 13.

For full entry details and more information, including Ian Irvine’s tips for young writers, check out the library website at www.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/citylibrary



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