The competition is open to aspiring writers in the Sunshine Coast and Gympie area, with four entry categories including junior, young adult, open poem and open short story.
SCLA president Hari Kotrotsios said the Sunshine Coast Literary Association was a not-for-profit association dedicated to nurturing, showcasing and celebrating literary talent throughout the Sunshine Coast region, with the annual awards being a key part of that charter.
“This year the SCLA is celebrating the third anniversary of the competition, with the winners to be showcased at a special Awards Dinner on 17 June at Cartwrights Restaurant, at the TAFE Campus, at Mountain Creek,” Ms Kotrotsios said.
“Already we have received some great entries, so we are encouraging everyone to put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard and get their entries lodged by the 30 April deadline.
“Entrants will then be in the running for the cash prizes available for each category – $200 for first place and $50 for second, as well as a Readers Choice award in each category to be decided by a panel of SCLA members.
Ms Kotrotsios said the competition was designed to be a platform to showcase the depth of talent of writers throughout the region.
“It is said that everyone has a book in them, though most never even get started but here on the Coast there are many writers, published and yet-to-be-published already hard at work on their manuscripts.”
“Last years competition featured some exceptional works so we are eagerly awaiting this year’s entries.”
The cost of entering is $5 per entry with a maximum of three entries per candidate. Entries close on Friday, 30th of April 2010. Entry details and forms are available online at the SCLA website – www.scliterary.org , or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.