SCLA Writers’ Competition is open!

Measure your creativity and literacy skills against writers from across regional South East Queensland in the 2013 Sunshine Coast Literary Association’s Annual Writers’ Competition.

Entries to the Writers’ Competition are now open and close on Friday, 26 April. For the second year, the competition is open to residents in the Moreton Bay and South Burnett Council areas as well as the Sunshine Coast and Gympie. There are four entry categories including junior short story, young adult short story, open short story and open poem.

President of the SCLA, Kerri Jackson 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 strong last year, demonstrating the amazing abilities of writers throughout these regions,” Kerri said.

“This year we will encourage and prepare the entrants for the competition by hosting several workshops in February, March and April,” Kerri said.

There are four 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: Junior (Primary, Years 5-7) Short Story, to a maximum of 1000 words.

There is also the chance to win some great prizes with each category having a $200 first prize and $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 Awards Dinner on Wednesday, 19 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.

“Our writing competition was first held in 2007 and has been run every year since 2009 so it is a key element of the Association’s calendar,” Kerri said.

“We encourage everyone to have a go, you never know, maybe they will discover a hidden talent,” Kerri 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 post marked no later than 26 April 2013.

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