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The 2014 Pittwater Short Story Award


Berkelouw Books invite the creative writers of Pittwater aged 9 and up to enter The Pittwater Short Story Award for 2014.

To be eligible your story needs to be identifiably located in Pittwater and has to incorporate a reference to “an open book”.

Entries open Monday April 28 and close Friday June 6, 2014.

Entries should be submitted in hard copy. Pick up an entry form or download one online.

Submissions should be received at Berkelouw Books, no later than 5:00 pm on Friday June 6, 2014.


Categories and Prizes

There are three categories and three prizes.

Category 1: For writers aged 9-12 years. Length: No more than 500 words. Prize $ 100 Berkelouw Books Voucher

Category 2: For writers aged 13-16 years. Length: No more than 1000 words. Prize $ 200 Berkelouw Books Voucher

Category 3: Open category. Length: No more than 2000 words. Prize $ 300 Berkelouw Books Voucher



To be eligible each short story entered must:

- Be accompanied by a signed entry form

- Be the writer’s original work

- Be typed or handwritten on single-sided A4 paper with no identifying marks to enable blind assessment

- Conform to the category rules in terms of length and age of writer

- Be identifiably located in the Pittwater area and refer to an open book

- Be received in hard copy between Monday, 28 April and Friday, 6 June 2013 at  Berkelouw Books, 12-14 Park St, Mona Vale

- Be the sole entry for a particular writer



All entries will be assessed and a shortlist will be judged by a panel. The judges’ decision will be final.


Notification and presentation

The winners of each category will be notified prior to the presentation ceremony which will take place at 6.30pm on Tuesday 24 June 2014 at Berkelouw Books.

Winners, their family and friends will be invited to the ceremony. Winners will have the opportunity to read their stories at the presentation ceremony.


Return of entries

All entries will be available to be returned to candidates after 1 July, 2014. Entries can be collected from Berkelouw Books, 12-14 Park St, Mona Vale, 2103.


Looking for inspiration or support:

Wednesday May 21, is Writer’s Day at Mona Vale library – there will be workshops, storytime sessions and writing workshops. Visit: www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/library, for more details.




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