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Arts OutWest | Entries Open for the 2019 Banjo Paterson Writing Awards

Central West Libraries have opened entries for the 2019 Banjo Paterson Writing Awards, aimed at promoting Australian writers and content.

Entrants are invited to submit works containing Australian content across three categories:

Short Story
First Prize only: $2,000
Word limit: 3,000 words
Entry fee: $15 per entry

Contemporary Poetry
First Prize only: $2,000
Line limit: 200 lines
Entry fee: $15 per entry

ABC Central West Radio Children’s Writing Awards
First Prize: $200
Second Prize: $100
Third Prize: $100
Children’s Short Story word limit: 1,000 words
Children’s Poetry line limit: 30 lines (excluding title)
Ages must be provided on Entry Form.
Entry Fee: $5 per entry.

Entered works do not need to be written in the same style as Paterson’s work or in the ‘bush’ style, but do need to contain Australian content.

Winners will be contacted by phone on Friday 5 July and will be announced at the Orange Readers and Writers Festival on Saturday 3 August.

The list of winners and their winning pieces will be available at the Central West Libraries website, and the winning Short Story will also be published in the Central Western Daily newspaper.

Established in 1991, the Banjo Paterson Writing Awards are named after the great Australian writer and bush poet Banjo Paterson, who was born near Orange and authored such iconic Australian poems as “Waltzing Matilda” and “The Man From Snowy River”. They aim to promote Australian writers and writing.

Entries and entry fees must be received by Friday 26 April.

For more information and to access entry forms, visit:, phone (02) 6393 8120 or collect forms directly from Orange City Library.