Competition opens to Hills writers

Mayor Gangemi pictured at Castle Hill Library.jpg

Caption: Mayor Gangemi pictured at Castle Hill Library.

Budding writers have the chance to win from a total prize pool of $10,000 in The Living Stories Western Sydney Writing Prize.

The creative writing competition, which is presented by WestWords and WestLit Libraries, and supported by The Hills Shire Council, will now be accepting entries in the form of poems, personal essays and stories on this year’s theme ‘the other city’.

The Hills Shire Library Service will also be running creative writing workshops during the month of April to help local entrants craft their pieces.

Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Peter Gangemi said he was proud Council was getting behind this wonderful initiative, which opens for entries on Friday, March 17.

“Council wants to give our up-and-coming writers every opportunity to showcase their work to a wider audience. We also want to help them develop and grow their writing abilities,” Mayor Gangemi said.

“I highly encourage our residents to put their writing caps on, sign-up to a creative writing workshop and send their entries in,” he added.

The Living Stories Western Sydney Writing Prize is open to western Sydney residents, aged 10 years and older.

There are four age categories that people can enter and these include: 10-12 years; 13-15 years; 16-18 years; and adults (18+).

Entries will be judged by a local judging panel. The winners from this panel will then vie for the top prize against winners from other local government areas in Western Sydney.

Entries close midnight, Sunday, April 30 and can be submitted online via the WestWords website,

Local winners and highly commended entries in each category will be announced in June, with the overall winners of the Western Sydney competition then being announced in July.

“I wish our entrants the very best of luck,” Mayor Gangemi added.

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