Literary awards extend deadline

ORGANISERS of the annual Mary Poppins Literary and Art Awards have extended the closing date for entries to November 1.

The one-month extension was necessary after a delay in entry details being sent to Fraser Coast schools.

“School breaks up at the end of the week and we're hoping schools can get the competition details into their last newsletters for the term,” organiser Anne Miller said.

“Students can work on their entries during the school holidays, or have extra time to work on it in term four.”

The awards started in 1999 as a way to encourage children to stretch their imaginations.

Three judges – all with backgrounds in education – will decide on the winners this year.

“There are excellent cash prizes this year so it's a really good way for kids to earn their Christmas spending money,” Ms Miller said.

Entrants have to submit a fantasy story – a maximum of 500 words for primary students and 1000 words for high school students – or a fantasy-themed artwork no larger than 40x50cm.

There is also a section for an illustrated book, which could be an individual or a class entry.

Entries can be submitted to Fraser Coast Chronicle offices at Bazaar Street, Maryborough, or Central Avenue, Pialba.

Make sure you include your name, address, phone number and school year.



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