STROKE OF THE PEN: Carrol Curran won the adult section at the Margery Grieve Short Story Competition last year.
STROKE OF THE PEN: Carrol Curran won the adult section at the Margery Grieve Short Story Competition last year. Blake Antrobus

Entries open for Margery Grieve Short Story Competition

ASPIRING writers in the Maranoa can have their voice heard through narrative, with the upcoming Margery Grieve Short Story Competition accepting entries for their September competition.

Entries are open for the Margery Grieve Short Story Competition, sponsored by the Western Star and Roma Writers Group, with the competition encouraging participants both young and old to show off their writing talent.

Both Junior and Adult sections accept entries on any topic with 3000 words or less, and an accompanying entry fee.

Roma writer David Bowden said the competition was held in conjunction with the Roma Writers Group, and was set up for writing enthusiast Margery Grieve.

“It originally started at the Western Star, and the tradition has carried on ever since,” Mr Bowden said.

“Margery was a very strong person in Roma who loved to write.

“This was set up as a memorial for her.”

Mr Bowden encouraged teachers across the region to promote the competition to school students, stating it would be good to see more young writers enter the competition.

“Because we don’t stipulate the subject of the story, we see very high-quality entries in the Junior section,” he said.

“I would love the school teachers to help with the Junior section, and see if we can get more entries across the Maranoa.”

Last year’s competition saw Samantha Douglas win the junior section, while Carol Curran won the adult section with her piece ‘Tell them we’re fine’.

More information about the competition is available from the Western Star office.


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