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Friday, 4th October, 2019

Albert and Margaret Morris at their home in Cornish Street. Albert Morris (1886 - 1939) was the amateur botanist, landscaper, ecologist and pioneering conservationist responsible for establishing Broken Hill’s regeneration area. Albert and Margaret Morris at their home in Cornish Street. Albert Morris (1886 - 1939) was the amateur botanist, landscaper, ecologist and pioneering conservationist responsible for establishing Broken Hill’s regeneration area.

Budding writers are being invited to gather their thoughts and set them down for the chance of winning a cash prize.

The city’s “Under the Silver Tree” bookshop” announced yesterday that entries are open for its second annual writing competition.

The inaugural competition last year attracted 30 entries, about half of which were submitted by locals.

Cathy Farry, the secretary of the Under The Silver Tree Cooperative Bookshop Inc., said they were hoping for more this time and were offering an extra prize to entrants from our part of the world.

“We would like even more people to have a crack, everyone from Tibooburra to Wentworth, and everywhere in between,” Ms Farry said.

“The theme this year is “transformation”, a theme that we selected to commemorate the work of Broken Hill’s pioneer conservationist, Albert Morris,” she said.

“The works do not have to be about the environment. The theme can be interpreted in any way the entrant likes.” 

Entries can be fiction, non-fiction or poetry and up to 2000 words in length. 

The winning work may come from any of those categories.

“First prize is $1000 and this year we have a new prize of $500 which is for a highly commended work from an entrant living in the far west of NSW,” Ms Farry said.

Three encouragement prizes of $100 may also be awarded for works that are commended by the judges.  

“It costs $10 to enter a work and people can enter as many as they like.”

The competition is open to all ages, and the winners will be announced in April at a prize-giving ceremony at the Broken Hill Art Exchange. 

Ms Farry said the bookshop held the writing competition to encourage reading, writing and the love of literature, and she thanked John Wren from the Silver City Cinema for his help in raising the money for the prizes. 

Entry forms can be collected from the bookshop in Sulphide Street or via email at UTSTwritingcompetition@gmail.com

Entries close on March 1.

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