City of Subiaco encourages students to enter Tim Winton Award for Young Writers

Tim Winton.
Tim Winton.

THE City of Subiaco is encouraging school students from all over the state to enter the 25th annual Tim Winton Award for Young Writers.

Students from Year 1 to Year 12 are invited to submit an original story of up to 2000 words in length from June 6, when nominations open.

The award is supported by four-time Miles Franklin Award winner Tim Winton himself, who said it was great to see young people excited and rewarded for doing something as pointless and beautiful as telling stories.

“For me, the chief purpose is to glory in storytelling, to give the impulse space in which to flourish, to celebrate this important part of human life,” he said.

The City has presented the award since 1992 and last year received more than 1500 entries.

Mayor Heather Henderson said the City was proud to provide a platform for young storytellers to exercise their imagination and test their linguistic skills.

“It is absolutely incredible to read what these young people come up with,” she said.

“The award gives us a glimpse into their world and each year I look forward to sharing their wonderful stories.”

Stories entered in the award are judged on their originality, story development and writing quality by a panel of local authors, educators and librarians.

Award finalists will be recognised in August at a presentation ceremony with Tim Winton, where the top three entries in each of the five age categories will be awarded prizes.

The 2017 Tim Winton Award for Young Writers closes at 4pm on June 26.

To enter, visit www.subiaco.wa.gov.au/timwintonaward.

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