I’m always telling young/aspiring writers that they should enter competitions. Why? Because not only can you attract accolades, gain experience and sometimes get published, there can be some BIG BUCKS up for grabs, too.
I recently received an email asking me to promote the State Library of Queensland Young Writers’ Award 2012. I’m only too happy to do so. You have to be a Queenslander aged 18 to 25 to enter. You could win up to $2000. That’s got to be worth a crack, right?
Given that the newish Queensland State Government couldn’t wait to axe its Premier’s literary prizes, other Sunshine State initiatives that promote writers and writing should be sung from the rooftops.
For all of you lucky young Qld writers, the competition details can be found here. There are some valuable tips for writing short stories on the page, too. Good luck.