Our 2013 Writing Competition has closed, but you can still submit an entry to be included on the website or check out the submissions below.
Submissions are invited (up to 600 words) responding to the questions below...
What do we know about our region? Who are our communities? What are our strengths, differences and common interests? What changes do we want to make to the region for the future?
From your written pieces, we hope to learn more about our region. Through these written pieces, together with evidence we are seeking from engaging the community in all manner of ways – we hope to find out what changes we need to make to our region for a better future. The top 10 entries will be published as part of the the Regional Social Plan in August 2013.
1st place went to Eli Pietens from East Lismore, who won two tickets for Byron Bay Writers Festival with his piece 'Sameside'. Eli is a father of four and has lived in the Northern Rivers for nearly twenty years.
"I've always been interested in the power of language, particularly in order to make people think, to challenge the way we see the world, to inspire and originally to make people laugh," said Eli.
2nd place went to Kol Dimond from Mullumbimby who won a $100 local author book bag with his piece 'A Reflection'.
Highly Commended: Cate McQuillen from Camira Creek, 'Evermore'.
Kyogle Public School students also submitted 17 entries to the competition. We were very impressed by the students entries, the quality of their writing and the importance they placed on their local region. A special mention was made by judges for the work of Kyogle student Emmylou Cornell Cieslar, with her piece 'We Stand Together'.
See Below for some of The Entries