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WRITING COMPETITIONS
2017

OPEN THEME PROSE COMPETITION
"Short Takes"
Submissions are now invited.
Short Story and Memoir categories.
(Closes September 30, 2017)
For full details see Prose Competition tab above or click here.


OPEN THEME POETRY COMPETITION
"Poetic Licence"
Submissions are now invited.
Traditional and Free Verse categories.
(Closes June 30, 2017)
For full details see Poetry Competition tab above or click here.



Scribes Writers, Geelong Vic.
Leader:  Jan Foster
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We are a Geelong-based group, established in 2003,  of people who meet weekly on a Monday morning, from 9.30am till 12 noon, at the South Barwon Community Centre, 33 Mount Pleasant Road, Belmont, Victoria.
Our common love of words provides a basis for some lively meetings, which include workshops on various aspects of the craft of creative writing. These have variously been fictional short stories, memoir, autobiography, articles, plays, free verse, traditional and bush verse and tanka poetry. Critiquing, but not criticising, plays a large part of whatever we do, as our purpose is always to improve our writing, with help from the group.
We begin our meetings with 10 minutes of free writing which all are then encouraged to share. This is followed by a news session, where members are asked to tell of personal achievements, news of competitions that could be entered, or any other items of interest to our purposes. Homework, set the previous week, is read aloud and comments invited.
Morning tea is then followed by whatever writing exercise is set for that session. Sometimes the session is led by a group member, but we also have occasional visits from folk beyond our group, whose skills in the craft of writing contribute to our store of knowledge.
Homework, often growing out of the session’s material, but sometimes from a prompt by the session leader, is set before the meeting closes.

Scribes Writers hosts annual open theme literary competitions closing on September 30th, for fictional short story and memoir and June 30th for poetry. Whilst running, full details, conditions and entry forms are available under the Prose Competition tab or the Poetry Competition tab above. All competitions are judged on a blind basis with a minimum of two judges.

Unfortunately, due to numbers and available space, our group is currently closed to new members but if you are interested and would like more information and/or to be placed on a waiting list please email us. It is our policy to give those on the waiting list an opportunity to participate, as a guest, in two of our meetings to ‘check us out’ after which, if still interested, they may be offered a place when one becomes available.

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