Details of the 2019 Elyne Mitchell Writing Award have been announced.
This year’s theme is new beginnings—in line with the usual theme this needs a strong flavour of the rural experience.
The organisers chose this theme “for its appealing familiarity”. New beginnings can be, of course, joyous memories or unwanted upheavals.
Inspired by Elyne Mitchell’s work, the Writing Award seeks to encourage writers to share their stories and to keep the art of storytelling alive. It gives rural life profile not only through country authors, but urban dwellers also, who write stories about their experiences and dreams about country life.
They accept both fiction and non-fiction short stories of up to 2500 words. Writers may enter as many stories as they wish.
This year also, the organisers are offering an open photo story competition. Entrants need to submit an image referencing an Australasian rural experience accompanied by approximately 100 words on what the photograph means to the writer.