Strike a prose

Date published: 21 August 2020

Literary enthusiasts and budding writers with a story to tell about life in the North are being invited to enter a short story competition as part of the North Australian Festival of Arts (NAFA).

NAFA COVID Safe will be delivered by Townsville City Council, with support from the Queensland Government and Tourism and Events Queensland, and will include a modified version of the Festival of Stories.

Community and Cultural Development Committee chairperson Ann-Maree Greaney said the only limitations to entering the competitions are the imagination and the word count.

“There are three categories in the short story competition which are separated into age groups – and each category has its own word limit and cash prize up for grabs,” Cr Greaney said.

“The theme for this year’s competition is My Life in the North and I can’t wait to see the stories that are regaled to us about our unique lifestyle’.

“There is no shortage of inspiration surrounding us in North Queensland and I’m excited to see it transformed into words on a page.”

The three age categories are:

  1. Children: up to 11 years – max 500 words
  2. Young Adult: 12 to 17 years – max 1000 words
  3. Adult: 18+ – max 2000 words

NAFA COVID Safe will present a series of modified events across various sites to activate the local events and tourism industry, celebrate the arts, reconnect communities and assist in the city’s economic recovery.

For more information, or to see last year’s winners, visit Council’s website here.