The 2022 Blacktown Mayoral Creative Writing Prize is now open

The Blacktown Mayoral Creative Writing Prize is back for 2022 and Blacktown Mayor Tony Bleasdale OAM is encouraging all aspiring writers to hit up their keyboards.

Entries for the 2022 award are now open to adults and children aged 8 and over who live in Blacktown City.

The total prize pool for this year’s competition is $1,600 and writers are invited to submit work on the theme of “Now what?” “.

Mayor Bleasdale said, “The Municipal Creative Writing Award is a wonderful opportunity for writers of all ages to type on their keyboards or put pen to paper and get creative with poems or short stories.

“We all know how difficult the last two and a half years have been, as we have had to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, natural disasters and new lifestyles.

“There have been significant changes in many areas of our lives, and this year’s award asks participants to reflect on those changes and what might come next.”

Blacktown City Libraries will hold writing workshops at the Max Webber Library on Saturday August 20, starting at 10am, to guide writers in their work. The workshops will run in three age groups (8-11, 12-14 and 15+), with mentors on hand to help.

The Mayoral Creative Writing Prize is run in partnership with WestWords, an organization that celebrates and champions Western Sydney stories.

Submissions for the prize may be either a poem or a short story, but must be works of fiction.

Works will be judged on originality, construction, use of language (including creative expression, grammar, sentence structure, punctuation and spelling), character development, atmosphere or setting, creative use of language and how the entry relates to the theme.

Registration is open in the following age categories: 8-11 years old, 12-14 years old, 15-17 years old and adult (18+).

Adult winners will receive $200, while winners aged 17 or under will receive $100, and the teacher/teacher librarian who supported them will also receive $100.

Registration will close at midnight on October 3, 2022. An awards ceremony will take place at the Max Webber Library in December.

For more details visit: www.westwords.com.au/project/2022-blacktown-mayoral-creative-writing-prize-what-now/

Pictured: Mayor of Blacktown Tony Bleasdale OAM with Erika Mercado, recipient of the 2020 Mayor of Blacktown Creative Writing Award (ages 8-11).

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