ON THE GO: Nambucca Valley Youth Services launched the 12words competition on Saturday.
ON THE GO: Nambucca Valley Youth Services launched the 12words competition on Saturday.

Youth invited to tell their story

A NAMBUCCA Valley Youth Services initiative is gaining global recognition.

“12words”, a national online story competition for 15 to 25-year-olds run by the service, launched at Nambucca on Saturday and co-ordinator Liz Keen said the competition was moving along full-steam ahead.

“It was a great launch,” Ms Keen said. “We had a really good turnout and we’ve already got a few stories posted online, which is fantastic.”

Last year, 1129 registered users from all around the world wrote 1157 stories. Of those, 58 per cent were from capital cities, 8.5 per cent regional Australia and 3.5 per cent were from overseas.

Ms Keen said they’re hoping for an even bigger response this year.

“I think we will have more entries in 2010. The same people will register and word of mouth is getting around about the competition – our sponsors are also giving it a lot of publicity which is great.”

Funded by Ian Potter and Burnside, the competition runs from June 26 to December.

Anyone can register at 12words.com.au to rate or write a 12-word story. Everyone who writes a story gets a $3 voucher from chaos.com. If you want to find out more, you can call Liz on 0411 892 463 or email her at liz.keen@bigpond.com.



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