Calling all poets and story writers!

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LOCAL poets and story writers are being encouraged to submit pieces for the 2018 Joseph Furphy Commemorative Literary Prize.

Now in its 26th year, the literary prize was inaugurated in 1993 to commemorate 150 years since the birth of Joseph Furphy.

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 carries a prize of $75 for a poem of up to 30 lines. The open section carries a prize of $150 for a poem of up to 40 lines. Robyn Black is the judge for the open poetry section. Robyn is a poet, the president of the Goulburn Valley Writers’ Group Inc., and a former editor of Tamba Magazine. David Kelly is the judge for the youth poetry section. David is a poet and a former organiser with the Poets’ Union Inc.

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 carries a prize of $50 for a story of up to 2,000 words. The youth section, for entrants 13 to 18 years of age, carries a prize of $100 for a story of up to 3,000 words. The open section carries a prize of $300 for a short story with a maximum word limit of 3,500 words.

The judges for the short story competition are John Lewis (open section), Pauline Roberts (youth section) and Suellen Drysdale (junior section).

Entries for the competition close on October 19. Entry forms are available from all branches of Goulburn Valley Libraries, or may be downloaded from www.gvlibraries.com.au