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Mayor’s Writing Competition entries open

Eurobodalla students are invited to weave some magic with words for the annual Mayor’s Writing Competition – and this year expert advice is at hand to help students hone their craft.

Entries are now open for the Eurobodalla Council competition, which has celebrated and encouraged the literary talents of the shire’s youth for the past 13 years.

It offers great prizes and shortlisted entries are published in an annual Mayor’s Writing Competition Anthology.

Eurobodalla Mayor Mathew Hatcher has chosen this year’s theme and it’s “magic”.

“This is my first Mayor’s Writing Competition and I’m really looking forward to seeing what our budding young authors, poets, journalists and creative writers come up with,” he said.

“Entries can be any piece of writing, as long it’s original, and based on the ‘magic’ theme. The judges will be looking for the most imaginative and unique plots.”

Writing workshops will be held at local libraries, where entrants can learn how to turn their ideas into words on a page, tips and tricks on how to structure writing and how to make a good story into a great story.

Competition categories will this year be grouped according to school year rather than age: Kindergarten, years 1-2, years 3-4, years 5-6, years 7-8, years 9-10, and years 11-12.

The overall winner receives The Syd Hayes Creative Writing Award, which this year includes a one-on-one feedback and writing tips workshop with award-winning journalist Kathryn McCarthy, a beautiful, handcrafted pen by local artist Richard Turvey and the Mayor’s Writing Competition perpetual shield to display at their school for a year.

The winner and runner-up in each category will receive book vouchers and all finalists will receive a copy of the Mayor’s Writing Competition Anthology 2022, which will include their work.

Entries for the Eurobodalla Mayor’s Writing Competition are open now and close on Friday 1 July 2022 at 5pm.

For more information, including the conditions of entry, visit

For more information on the Mayor’s Writing Competition workshops head to

Pictures is Eurobodalla Mayor’s Writing Competition Syd Hayes Creative Writing Award 2021 recipient Sam Bath, of Carroll College.


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