Society of Women Writers Tasmania’s writing competitions open for 2017

WRITE ON CUE: Society of Women Writers Tasmania life member Rose Frankcombe and publicity officer Ros Sydes. Entries to the SSWT's annual short story and poetry competitions close in August. Picture: Hamish Geale

WRITE ON CUE: Society of Women Writers Tasmania life member Rose Frankcombe and publicity officer Ros Sydes. Entries to the SSWT's annual short story and poetry competitions close in August. Picture: Hamish Geale

Get out your ideas list and fire up the old computer – there’s prizes to be won.

The Society of Women Writers Tasmania’s annual writing competitions are up and running for another year and you’ve got until August 31 to get your entries in. 

The two competitions invite literature lovers to pen either a 40-line-or-less poem or a 1200-1500 word short story, with $250 in prizes up for grabs in both competitions.

“The theme of journeys is in both of them and (the competition) is aimed at anyone who is interested in writing, from novice through to whatever stage the writer has accomplished,” SWWT life member Rose Frankcombe said. 

“We get greater responses for poetry rather than short stories which is rather surprising, but they’re both worthwhile exercises.”

The poetry competition is named after SWWT founding member and committee vice-president Robyn Mathison, while the short story competition honours Margot Manchester, who passed away in 2013. 

“When Margot died I was in contact with her husband and he said as a memorial for her - as she loved short story writing - he was going to sponsor the first of the Margot Manchester competitions.

“We’ve kept it going since then.”

The SWWT meet at Launceston LINC on the first Sunday of every month. 

To enter the competitions, visit www.swwtas.org or send an email to yted5@gmail.com

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