SCLA Writers’ Competition expands its reach

Measure your creativity and literacy skills against writers from across regional South East Queensland in the 2012 Sunshine Coast Literary Association’s Annual Writers Competition.

Entries to the Writers Competition are now open and close on Friday, 27 April. For the first time, this year’s competition is open to residents 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.

President of the SCLA, Bryan Ward said the competition was designed to provide an outlet for talented writers to showcase their work to their peers and receive valuable feedback from professional and accomplished writers.

“The competition was fierce last year, demonstrating the amazing abilities of writers throughout the regions,” Bryan said.

“This year we will encourage and prepare entrants for the competition by hosting a Write-a-thon on Saturday, 31 March,” Bryan said.

There are six entry 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 is also a chance to win some great prizes with each category having a $200 first prize a $50 second prize, as well as certificates for all winners including Highly Commended entries.

A panel of experienced judges decide on the winners, which will be announced at the WARM Writing Competition Dinner on Thursday, 21 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.

“The Writing Competition was first held in 2007 and has been run every year since 2009, so it 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.

There are a number of sponsorship opportunities available, for more information email

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 emailing All entries must be received by 27th April 2012.

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