IT’S one of the biggest junior writing competitions in the State, and it’s on again! Welcome to Macintyre Young Writers, home of all things literary for young writers in the Macintyre area. For 20 years the Macintyre Young Writers have fostered writing in school-aged children throughout the region. It has awarded more than 3000 budding young writers with certificates, cash prizes and books.
A popular event within the MYW year is the author visit. In the past writers such as Judy Nunn, John Marsden, Nicole Alexander, Tim Bowden, Brian Caswell, Narelle Oliver, Jill Morris, Peter Fitzsimons, Andy Wright, Hugh Lunn, Rupert McCall, and Tara Moss have attracted hundreds of residents.
2013 saw the inaugural Readeo night. More than 60 people attended a camp-oven dinner with readings by local men.
There were more than 1200 entries last year and we’d love to see even more this year.
Who can enter?
Anyone from Prep upwards from anywhere within a radius of 120km of Goondiwindi. Worthy entries will receive a certificate and prize money. There is no entry fee.
Prep entries only may take the form of taped storytelling if parents wish to submit them in this way. Teachers are not expected to have the time to tape entries. Highly commended awards, but not prize money, will be given to Prep entries.
The multi-media section (Digital) is open only to school-age children. Provide Disc/USB/Both Formats PC/Mac
When do entries close?
To be advised. Entries should be delivered or sent to “Macintyre Young Writers’ Awards” at the Goondiwindi State Primary School or Locked Bag 5, Goondiwindi Post Office. Please do not send them to The Argus.
Who are the judges and when are the prizes to be announced?
The judges will be people with a wide experience in many facets of literature and multi-media skills. The winners will be announced in The Goondiwindi Argus.
What do I write about and how much should I write?
Entries are accepted in any form of creative writing. Subject matter is limited only by your imagination. The length of school-age entries is up to the writers. Bear in mind, though, that the judges will probably have between 50 and 150 entries in each section, so their time may be limited. They will judge entries on imagination, structure and language, imagery,description, narrative power, vocabulary and reader appeal – in fact, anything and everything, including illustrations, that goes into telling a good story.
You may submit as many entries as you like, but each entry MUST have a title and be attached to a separate entry form which is correctly filled out. Originality is encouraged, therefore parents and teachers are urged to limit their input to proofreading.
Secondary school entrants may include other “words on paper” which may be illustrated or considered part of a project demonstrating creativity in the visual, as well as literary, arts. Entrants should understand, however, that judges will continue to place most emphasis onliterary quality when selecting winners.
The multi-media section is open to school-age children only and will be judged separately. Contact committee for conditions of entry 46777333
What should I write on?
Please send entries on A4 paper using neat handwriting or word processing.
Conditions of Entry: Entries will not be returned. Authors should photocopy their work if they wish to maintain a permanent record.
The judges’ decision will be final. The committee reserves the right to alter the prize schedule, dependent on the number of entries received. By participating, entrants or their guardians agree to allow their work to be used for promotional purposes.
Macintyre Young Writers’ Awards Adult Competition 2015
If you have ever thought you would like to try your hand at a writing competition, here is your chance! Your writing can be on any topic, limited only by your imagination. Entries should be around 2000 words. Prizes will be announced in the
Goondiwindi Argus when judging is complete.A prize of $300 will be awarded to the winner.
MYW now has an official entry form available (see below). Entrants should be 18 years or over, or past school age. Closing date for the adult competition is Friday, October 16, 2015 at 5 p.m. Judging will be completed out of Goondiwindi by a representative of Queensland Writers’ Centre.
Entries may be submitted in either of two ways: 1. Email to the President, MYW, at firstname.lastname@example.org. 2. Mailed to The President, Macintyre Young Writers’ Awards, C/- Goondiwindi State School,
Locked Bag 5, Goondiwindi 4390.
President: Wendy Forsyth Secretary: Treasurer: A committee operating under the umbrella of the Goondiwindi Branch of the Queensland Arts Council conducts the Awards. Members include Heather Haley-Scanlan, Helen Russell, Lew Verney, Taighan Percy, Ian Jones, Courtney Walls, Di Dalziel, Michelle Sheridan, Di Brown, Robyn Pearcey, Amy Ford, Louise Sullivan, Wendy Forsyth, Bev Cranney. Interested in helping? Contact Heather on 46751140 or Goondiwindi State Primary School 46777333. Members of the Committee will be happy to answer any queries.
The Macintyre Young Writers’ Awards
celebrated its 20th year in 2013 and continues to receive widespread
community support from the many schools, parents and sponsors in our district.
The Goondiwindi Argus has long been a
strong supporter and we thank Ian Jones for his valuable assistance.Over the years some of our guests, at both
Literary Dinners and/or at workshops with students, have included Hugh Lunn, Jason
‘Rupert’ McCall, Mike O’Connor, John Marsden, Stephen Axelsen, Narelle Oliver,
Jill Morris, Andy Wright, Marie Nielson and Pauline Clyne, Kerry O’Keeffe and in
2013, Kári Gíslason, author of The Promise of Iceland and a return visit from
The Competition has now been widened to
include an Open Section for people over 18 years of age.In 2013 our first adult writers’ workshop was
conducted by Dr Kári Gíslason; in 2014 local writer Nicole Alexander also ran a
writer’s workshop as well as Robert Kronk, playwright. A Writers Group for adults exists under the
banner of MYW.
The Macintyre Young Writers’ Awards is now a familiar part of the local literary landscape. You are invited to play a most important role in it again this year.
Who encourages you to write?
We all need a little encouragement every now and then. Kid President, knowing this, has put together a video you can play each morning as you wake up or to share with your friend who needs a kick in the right direction. Take a moment and spread some encouragement. "It's everybody's duty to give the world a reason to dance."