Budding creative writers wanted

5241349ca3bd6978c2f6400a4fb319a7_nYoung Australian creative writers have the opportunity to showcase their talents through the annual Monash University Undergraduate Prize for Creative Writing (MUUPCW) presented at this year’s Emerging Writers’ Festival. 

Now in its second year, the MUUPCW is for new and emerging writers and open to all undergraduate students undertaking a degree at any Australian university.

Monash University’s Dr Ali Alizadeh, from the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies, said Monash University was proud to be the long-term educational partner of the Emerging Writers’ Festival.

“The MUUPCW extends both parties’ commitment to providing learning and career-advancement opportunities to Australia’s emerging literary voices,” Dr Alizadeh said.

“New and emerging writers often find it very difficult to receive any recognition and Monash is happy to encourage their commitment to creative writing through this award. The quality of work entered last year was extremely high and I am confident this year’s entries will build on that high standard.”

The award is open to all forms of creative writing, including short stories, poetry, non-fiction narrative and narrative verse.

The award carries a cash prize of $4000 for the winner, with an additional $1000 for the highest placed piece of writing from a Monash University student. If the overall winner is a Monash University student they will receive both cash prizes.

Dr Melinda Harvey, from the University’s School of English, Communications and Performance Studies, will judge the prize, along with novelist Hannah Kent and editor at Scribe Publications Julia Carlomagno.

The winners of the MUUPCW will be announced at the 2013 Emerging Writers’ Festival, which will be held between 23 May and 2 June 2013.

The winners will also receive tickets to this year’s Emerging Writers’ Festival and a paid publication opportunity in the festival publication, The Emerging Writer.

Entries between 1500-3000 words will be accepted via online submission until the competition closes on Monday 22 April. Chapters from longer works are not eligible for consideration.

Monash University is the long-term educational partner of the Emerging Writers’ Festival and the MUUPCW extends both parties’ commitment to providing learning and career-advancement opportunities to Australia’s emerging literary voices.

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