Proud Marys president Shirley Sengstock and councillor George Seymour with the Mary Poppins statue outside the birthplace of author P.L. Travers in Maryborough.
Proud Marys president Shirley Sengstock and councillor George Seymour with the Mary Poppins statue outside the birthplace of author P.L. Travers in Maryborough. Contributed

Got a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious poem or story?

THE Mary Poppins Literary and Poetry competitions are now open.

The competitions, which are run by the Proud Marys Association, commemorate the birth in Maryborough of Mary Poppins creator P.L. Travers.

This year competitors are asked to submit a poem or story of fantasy.

The competition is open to all Fraser Coast schoolchildren and there are a number of monetary prizes.

Proud Marys president Shirley Sengstock said that competitions were about encouraging imaginative storytelling and expression. 

"We are hoping to encourage a new generation of authors from the Fraser Coast," she said.

Deputy Mayor George Seymour said the competition was a great opportunity for budding authors to hone their craft and gain recognition. 

"P.L. Travers began publishing her poems as a teenager. It's never too early to start creative writing, and it is fantastic that the Proud Mary's are providing this encouragement," he said.

Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers was born on August 9, 1899 in Maryborough where her father was the manager of the Australian Joint Stock Bank.

She was born in a second-storey bedroom of the bank.

The heritage-listed building is on the corner of Kent and Richmond Sts.

Entry forms can be collected from any council library or school.

The competitions close on October 11.

A presentation of prizes will be held at the Maryborough Library on November 2.



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