Spring is almost upon us! Hopefully the warmer weather is helping you feel inspired to write as there are some great opportunities for writers coming up in September.
First up is the Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize. This is an annual award run by Island magazine and it has a cash prize of $2,000 for first prize. Three runners up will also receive $300. Judges will award the prize to the best poem or suite of poems of no more than 80 lines. There is an entry of $15 per entry (one entry per person), or $10 if you're an Island subscriber. You can download an entry form and get more information at the Island website.Entries close on Monday 13 September 2010.
Also closing in September is the CAL Scribe Fiction Prize. This is a great opportunity for writers over 35 years of age. The inaugural prize was announced in 2009 and it has proved so popular that Scribe and CAL have increased the prize money to $15,000. The winning manuscript will also be published by Scribe. Last year's winner, A Darker Music by Maris Morton, will be published in October this year, and two shortlisted authors, Meg Mundell (Black Glass) and Jane Sullivan (Little People) will also be published by Scribe.
The award is for an unpublished manuscript, but writers can enter regardless of their publication history. Full details and an entry form can be found on the website. Make sure you read the submission guidelines carefully. Entries for this close Wednesday 15 September 2010.
Finally, a reminder for those of you with wanderlust and an urge to write about your travels - the East Gippsland TAFE Travel Writing Awards close on Thursday 30 September 2010. You can check out the details on our blog here, or go to the East Gippsland TAFE website.