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Judges Busy With Banjo Writing Award Entries

Thank you to everyone who entered this year’s Banjo Paterson Writing Awards. We just wanted to let you know we received  70 Short Story entries, 85 Bush Poetry and 84 Open Poetry and 40 Entries in the ABC Radio Children’s Writing Awards.

The entries are with the judges and winners will be announced on Monday 23 June.


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Banjo Paterson Writing Awards Call for Entries


Calling for entries in the annual Banjo Paterson Writing Awards to help celebrate his 150th anniversary from Monday 17th February – (Banjo’s birthday!). There is a section for Short Stories, Bush Poetry, Contemporary Poetry and Children’s Writing Awards for children aged under 16 years to write stories or poems.  Entries close on Friday 18th April and winners announced on Monday 23rd June.  For guidelines, entry costs and details, call into the Library for an entry form, phone 6393 8120 or download:

BPWA-2014-EntryForm [Web Print Version]






Talented Miles Merrill will host Poetry Slam and Workshop

Battle of the Bards Poetry Slam Sat 4pm


Talented Miles Merrill will host Poetry Slam and Workshop

Unleash your Banjo inspired words in this unique Poetry Competition. You have 2 mins to impress the judges selected from the audience. We need people aged 18 and under to get up and perform and people of all ages to be in the audience. It all happens at the CWA Hall, Robertson Park, on Saturday 15th February at 4pm. Talented spoken word artist Miles Merrill is your poetry slam host.

There will also be a workshop before the Slam from 2 – 3pm. See you there!

Banjo Paterson Writing Awards Winners

Happy Birthday Banjo Paterson: Writing Awards

Banjo Paterson Writing Awards Winners

It’s Banjo’s birthday (Sunday 17th February) and to celebrate we are announcing the call for entries in the Banjo Paterson Writing Awards.  Poet, solicitor, journalist, war correspondent and ballad writer Andrew Barton “Banjo” Paterson (1864 – 1941) was born near Orange and each year the Central West Writers’ Centre, in conjunction with Central West Libraries, The Central Western Daily and ABC Central West Radio announce the call for entries in the Banjo Paterson Writing Awards.

There are four categories:

Short Story
Open Poetry
Bush Poetry and
ABC Central West Radio Children’s Writing Awards for writing by children aged 16 years and under

2013 Banjo Paterson Writing Awards Entry Form 


2011 Banjo Paterson Writing Awards Winners

This year 280 entries were received in the Banjo Paterson Writing Awards with 128 Prose or Short Story entries, 76 in the Open Poetry, 44 in the Bush Poetry and 32 in the Children's section. This is a huge increase on the number of entries received in recent years. Orange City Librarian Elizabeth Barry said human relationships featured in many entries as well as Mother Nature, rain, storms and animals across all the sections of the competition.

The winning prose entry title The Magpie Lucky Dip was a great example of vivid storytelling with well developed characters that takes you to a particular moment. While the second placed entry The Snake was well written, quirky and funny with a delightful twist and the third placed story Jack and the Jillaroo was a lovely rural story.

Ms Barry said the Awards recognise Orange's literary history and further encouraged writers to develop their craft. Ms Barry congratulated all the entrants and was pleased to announce the following winners:

Short Story:
1. The Magpie Lucky Dip by Brian Yatman, Erskineville, NSW (Prize $ 1,000)
2. The Snake by Jane Lawler, Prahran, VIC ($400)
3. Jack and the Jillaroo by Trudi Refshauge, Woodstock, NSW ($200)

Bush Poetry
1. The Ghost of Old Ted by Wendy Enchelmaier Whiteside, QLD ($500)
2. Lorraine Carew by Ellis Campbell, Dubbo, NSW ($200)
3. The Battler by Sandy Thorne, Lightning Ridge, NSW ($100)

Open Poetry
1. Orpheus in the Desert by Jo Mills, Greenmount, WA ($1,000)
2. Three Monologues by Ron Stevens, Dubbo, NSW ($400)
3. Saddle Dreaming by Vanessa Page, Rosewood , QLD ($200)

ABC Central West Radio Children's Writing Awards
1. Poem Black Temper by Adam Weitzer, Caulfield South, Melbourne, VIC ($200)
2. Story Traces of Tomorrow by Jesse Lyon, Orange, NSW ($100)
3. Story Annie and the Shed Mystery by Chloe Petersen, Portland, NSW ($100)

The Yvonne Zola Encouragement Award goes to Bec Hobden, Orange, NSW for her poem Falling to our Knees …We're Proud Australians.