SCLA Writers’ Competition receives flood of entries

The Sunshine Coast Literary Association continues to receive a stream of entries from writers across regional South East Queensland for this year’s Writers’ Competition.

Entries in this year’s competition 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 provides an outlet for writers in the region to receive recognition and encouragement for their work, as well as valuable feedback from professional, accomplished writers.

“The competition was strong last year, demonstrating the amazing abilities of writers throughout these regions,” Kerri said.

“This year we’ve conducted writing workshops in February, March and April, to encourage and prepare people for the competition,” 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 a 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 select the winners and announce the results of the Competition 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,” Competition Co-ordinator, Ian Laver 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, 6 April 2013.

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