Write time for writers

Joel Peterson | Bendigo Weekly | 10-Mar-2017

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David Astle will be appearing at the festival.
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Two experienced and popular writers will help judge this year’s Vox Bendigo Fyffe Writing Prizes, run by the Bendigo Writers Festival.

Cate Kennedy, well-known for her award-winning short stories and poetry, joins La Trobe University academic Scott Alterator to judge the poetry award. 

Word guru David Astle joins BWF director Rosemary Sorensen to judge the essay/non-fiction category.

Winning entries in both categories will be awarded $500 and published as a zine, which will be launched and given away free at Bendigo Writers Festival, August 11-13.

“This prize was set up three years ago, to encourage people in our region to have a go,” Ms Sorensen said.

“Councillor Rod Fyffe is a huge supporter of the festival and he came on board immediately to donate the prize money.

“We are very keen to keep the prize going, because it’s so good to have brand new writing on offer as part of our huge festival weekend.”

The closing date for entries is April 26.

Ms Sorensen said the addition of the Vox Bendigo Young Writers Anthology last year is also part of the festival’s commitment to local writing and publishing.

“Rotary of Bendigo loved the first edition of our anthology of school students’ writing, and they’ve come to us to say they want to do it again,” she said.

“The invitations to schools have already gone out, so we’re expecting an even bigger response this year.”

Information about the Vox Bendigo Fyffe writing prizes and the Vox Bendigo Young Writers Anthology can be found on the Bendigo Writers Festival website www.bendigowritersfestival.com.au

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