Write a powerful future - Margaret Egan Young Writers Award

Aspiring young writers will have the opportunity to be inspired by two well-known local writers at an author talk, as part of the inaugural Margaret Egan Young Writers Award launch.

The Margaret Egan Young Writers Award is open to people living in Hume, aged 15 to 18.

Entrants need to submit a piece of non-fiction work of up to 2,000 words, for a chance to win a share of $1500 worth of prizes.

Mayor Councillor Geoff Porter said the author talk featuring Back to Broady author Caroline van de Pol and author of The Many Ways of Seeing, Nick Gleeson, kick started a new and exciting opportunity for young writers in Hume.

“The Margaret Egan Young Writers Award is structured in a way that engages young writers, helps them refine their skills and ultimately provides a platform for them to share their work,” Cr Porter said.

“Following the launch, two workshops at Broadmeadows Library will help young writers to polish their works before entries close in December.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for writing enthusiasts in Hume, I encourage all our eligible young writers to attend the workshops and enter the award.”

Broadmeadows-born author and lecturer Caroline van de Pol has partnered with Council and Writers Victoria to offer the Margaret Egan Young Writers Award.

Ms van de Pol, who is funding and administering the prize, said she had the benefit of great support in teachers, university lecturers and career mentors throughout her life.

“I am hoping I can help others to dream big, as well as offering the support and encouragement they need to help their dreams become a reality,” Ms van de Pol said.

“The award is named in memory of my late sister Margaret, who lived with schizophrenia, Margaret had a passion for writing and would use it to help her during difficult periods.”

Entries open 9.00am on Thursday 1 November 2018 and close 5.00pm on Saturday 15 December 2018. Late entries will not be accepted and only one entry per person is permitted.   

Judging will take place in January and February 2019. The winner(s) will be announced on 7 April 2019 at the Broadmeadows Street Festival.

For more information visit Margaret Egan Young Writers Award   


Posted on 9:00 PM, 6 September 2018

Updated : 3:10 PM, 6 September 2018

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