Important note about payment: Some entrants are reporting problems in the last 24 hours with the Paypal system. This is not a problem with our system. It is a Paypal error message that seems to occur sometimes.
Here's what to do:
1. don't panic. Try to pay again in a few hours - payment is a separate process to uploading your poem
2. Your work will still be forwarded to the judges if the payment doesn't transfer. We'll catch up in the few weeks about your payment but to help our workload we would appreciate you trying to finalise the transaction ahead of closing time. Thank you.
2017 Live Reading
Saturday August 19, 2017
20 works selected by the judges are read by experienced public readers
The audience votes for the People's Choice Award
Awards are announced
The anthology is launched and goes on sale
Adamstown Uniting Church, Adamstown
- a well known cultural and music venue in Newcastle.
Terms and Conditions of Entry
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1. The word limit is 500 maximum for prose pieces, 36 lines for poetry. This includes titles and any sub-headings.
2. Entry is online only and closes 8pm, June 9, 2017. Attach your work as a .pdf or .doc or .docx file via the entry form (left).
3. Entrants must be over 18.
4. You can enter as many times as you wish.
5. For judging purposes, your work should not include your name or any identifying marks. We will need your real name on the entry form for administrative purposes. You can enter under a pseudonym but you must provide your real name on the entry form.
6. By entering, the author warrants that the work has not been published elsewhere (including electronically) and that they own the copyright to the story.
7. Staff of Hunter Writers Centre and their family members are not eligible to enter.
8. Entrants must be Australian citizens (living anywhere) or have permanent residence in Australia
9. The judges' decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
10. By entering, the author gives permission to Hunter Writers Centre to publish their work in any form - electronically or in print. The copyright to the work is always retained by the author but any subsequent collection that features the author's work should acknowledge Hunter Writers Centre.
11. You do not have to be a member of Hunter Writers Centre to enter this competition. Any Australian is welcome to enter.
12. Once the competition closes, all submissions and payments will be crosschecked. We will only contact you if your payment was not successful or uploading your work was not successful.
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