SCLA Writers’ Competition entries roll in

The Sunshine Coast Literary Association continues to receive an overwhelming response to the 2012 Writers’ Competition, with entries flooding in from across South East Queensland.

President of the SCLA, Bryan Ward said it was great to see so many entries rolling in and such an interest in the competition further demonstrates the need for organisations like the SCLA.

Entries to the Writers’ Competition close on Friday, 27 April. For the first time, this year’s competition is open to aspiring writers in the Moreton Bay and South Burnett Council areas as well as the Sunshine Coast and Gympie. There are six entry categories including junior short story, junior poem, young adult short story, young adult poem, open short story and open poem.

“The competition is designed to provide an outlet for talented writers to showcase their work to their peers,” he said.

“The calibre of entries we received last year was outstanding, proving the amazing abilities of writers in the region, and I am sure this year will be no different,” Bryan 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 30 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 having a $200 first prize, $50 second prize, as well as certificates for all winners including Highly Commended entries.

A panel of experienced judges decides on the winners, which will be announced at the SCLA Writers’ Competition Awards Dinner on Thursday, 21 June at 4th Floor Restaurant in Mooloolaba.

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

“The Writers’ Competition was first held in 2007 and has been run every year since 2009 so it is a key part of the Association’s calendar,” Bryan said.

Each entry is $7 with a maximum of three entries per candidate. Entry forms and details are available online at the SCLA website,, or by email All entries must be received by 27th April 2012.

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