New writing prize for Western Sydney
WestWords and WestLit Libraries have announced a new writing competition for Western Sydney residents.
With a prize pool of over $10,000, supported by Create NSW as part of Arts Restart, the Living Stories Western Sydney Writing Prize will award fiction, poems or personal essays of up to 500 words responding to the theme ’Are We Here Yet?’ across four age categories: 10–12 years, 13–15 years, 16–18 years and adults (18+).
Western Sydney is home to 2.5 million Australians originating from 180 countries, and speaking almost 100 different languages. Entries will be judged by panels drawn from each of Western Sydney’s 13 local government areas (LGA), and the winners from each LGA will go to a second panel to vie for the top prize.
In conjunction with the prize WestWords will run free writing workshops across Western Sydney and online. Winners and highly commended entries in each category from each LGA will be announced on Monday, 21st May, during Library and Information Week, followed by the overall winners by 30 June.
‘Western Sydney is a place that has changed in the past, is changing right now, and will continue to change into the future,’ said the prize organisers. ‘Some of those changes have been traumatic and painful, others have been full of joy, relief, and new beginnings. Ours is a dynamic place made up of intersecting yet distinct communities, each bringing with it a rich mosaic of history, complexity and stories. ’
WestWords executive director Michael Campbell said: ‘This competition will give the opportunities for Western Sydney writers to have their stories recognised and published. It will raise high the stories of Western Sydney. I have no doubt everyone will defy preconceptions.’
Entries close midnight Sunday, 2 May 2021 and can be submitted online at the WestWords website.