Wednesday, January 27, 2016

ACT Secondary Schools Writing Prize

The ACT Secondary Schools Writing Prize 2016

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Noted Festival is beyond excited to announce the prestigious inaugural ACT Secondary Schools Writing Prize, in partnership with our pioneering, inspiring friends at the Stella Prize.

Who can enter?
To be eligible to enter the ACT Secondary Schools Writing Prize, you must:
  • identify as a female
  • attend a secondary school whose address is in the ACT
The winner of the ACT Secondary Schools Writing Prize will receive:
  • publication in The Canberra Times
  • a certificate and a book pack.
The writer of the highly commended entry will receive:
  • publication on the Noted Festival blog
  • a certificate and a book pack
Both the winning and the highly commended student will be announced and awarded by Stella Prize ambassadors at a special event on Thursday 17 March at Gorman Arts Centre.

Meet the judges

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To enter:
  • please respond to the below stimulus in 1000 words or less (entries over 1000 words will not be considered)
  • ensure your work is typed in either Arial or Times New Roman and double spaced 
  • proofread your work carefully
  • save your submission as either a word document or a PDF
  • complete an online entry form by clicking on the submit button below
To be considered for this prize:your submission must be your own original work and must not have been previously published. Entries are restricted to one per person.

Submissions close at 11pm on Friday 19 February 2016. Late entries will not be considered.

A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction…(Virginia Woolf)
Woolf’s ideas about writing were groundbreaking, but what do women today need in order to write? What does it or would it mean to you as a young woman to have a mental and physical space to think and create, undisturbed and unobserved?
Your submission may be fiction OR creative non fiction. Your work may address the above question directly, or look more generally at the themes of freedom, family, identity, poverty, place, creativity, independence and empowerment. Or, simply write the story or non fiction piece you would write if you had a room of your own.

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