SCLA Writers Competition deadline approaches

WARM Coast logoTime is running out to enter the 2011 Sunshine Coast Literary Association’s Annual Writers Competition.

Entries close on Friday, 29 April so get in fast to ensure you don’t miss out. The competition is open to aspiring writers in the Sunshine Coast and Gympie area, with six entry categories including junior short story, junior poem, young adult, short story, young adult poem, open short story and open poem.

President of the SCLA, Bryan Ward said the competition has always received a great response from Sunshine Coast writers and is sure this year would be no different.

“Our panel of judges are really looking forward to reading this year’s entries, especially following the calibre of entries received last year,” Bryan said.

“The competition is designed to provide an outlet for talented writers to showcase their work to their peers and receive valuable feedback from professional and accomplished writers,” he said.

There are six categories in this year’s competition including:

• Category 1: Open Short Story, to a maximum of 2500 words.
• Category 2: Open Poem, to a maximum of 40 lines.
• Category 3: Young Adult (High School, Years 8-12) Short Story, to a maximum of 1500 words.
• Category 4: Young Adult (High School, Years 8-12) Poem, to a maximum of 40 lines.
• Category 5: Junior (Primary, Years 5-7) Short Story, to a maximum of 1000 words.
• Category 6: Junior (Primary, Years 5-7) Poem, to a maximum of 20 lines.

There are some great prizes up for grabs with each category winner taking home $200, $50 for second place and certificates for highly commended. A panel of experienced judges decide on the winners, which will be announced at the WARM Writing Competition Dinner on Thursday, 23 June. More details regarding the event will be available closer to the date.

The Sunshine Coast Literary Association is a not-for-profit association dedicated to nurturing, showcasing and celebrating literary talent throughout the Sunshine Coast region.

“Now in its third consecutive year, the WARM Writing Competition is becoming a key part of the Association’s character,” Bryan said.

“We encourage everyone to have a go, you never know, maybe they will discover a hidden talent,” Bryan said.

This year, the University of the Sunshine Coast is sponsoring the Young Adult Short Story category of the competition. More sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information email

Each entry is $5 with a maximum of three entries per candidate. Entry forms and details are available online at the SCLA website,, or by emailing All entries must be received by 29th April 2011.

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