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We believe in empowering children to share their stories.

That’s why we’re teaming up with the Commissioner for Children to support its 2016 Young Creative Writers Awards.

Writers under 18 years old are invited to enter a poem or short story inspired by the theme ‘Fairness and Respect’.

Entries up to 1000 words are now open to children across the state. They will be judged in age groups from 5-8, 9-11, 12-14, and 15-17.

To help nurture their creative talent, we also facilitated a series of free writing workshops in the July school holidays.

These educational events saw established writers, university writing students, and tutors from the Story Island Project visit 10 LINC centres.

“It’s fabulous to be able to partner with the Commissioner and LINCs to send writers around the state to connect with kids in their school holidays,” Tasmanian Writers’ Centre Director Chris Gallagher said.

“We are excited to open up the opportunity for children to be creative during the break, with the added bonus being the chance to enter the awards,” she said.

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Tutors include local talent Anne Morgan, Nicole Gill, Lian Tanner, Julie Hunt, Coral Tulloch, Sally Odgers, Christina Booth, and University of Tasmania writing students.

Workshops for each of the four age groups will take place in Hobart, Glenorchy, Rosny, and Kingston LINCs, with two workshops at each centre in Queenstown, Smithton, Devonport, Ulverstone, Launceston, and Currie.

Judges include local writer and TWC Board member Danielle Wood, The Mercury editor Matt Deighton, Tasmania’s Anti-Discrimination Commissioner Robin Banks, and children’s author Angelica Banks.

Prizes include an iPad mini and a book voucher and the award ceremony will take place at Government House in November.

More than 300 children entered last year’s competition, which was based on the theme ‘Play’. We hope this year’s theme will encourage entrants to think deeply about the ways we choose to treat one another.

“Everybody has rights,” Commissioner for Children Mark Morrissey said.

“This means that everybody, including children, should respect other people’s rights too.”

A selection of stories will be published across our websites and in a book. Visit the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre library to explore the stories in last year’s Winning Entries book, in which returning judge Danielle Wood wrote:

I was impressed not only by the writing talent on display but also by the compassion, idealism and wisdom that these young writers bring to their work…I urge them all to continue to make their mark – bravely and creatively – on the world around them.

 

To read more about the Young Creative Writers’ Awards and submit an entry by July 29, visit childcomm.tas.gov.au or call 03 6166 1366.

Keep up to date with our coverage here and at facebook.com/taswriterscentre.