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Randolph Stow Young Writers Awards


The winners for this year’s Randolph Stow Young Writers Awards were announced at a special ceremony held at the Queens Park Theatre on Thursday 17 August. 

This year seventy-two awards were presented across ten categories of poetry and prose, as well as the Pat Gallaher Encouragement Award and The Hon Sandra Carr MLC Emerging Young Writers Scholarship for Upper and Lower Secondary. 

Congratulations to the winners.  It is wonderful to know students continue to enjoy the opportunity to use their creative talents to pen some very inspirational and imaginative works of poetry and prose.  Thank you to all the students for your enthusiasm and time taken to enter this year’s awards. 

To the teachers, parents and guardians – thank you for your positive encouragement towards the students and your continued support for these awards. This year the Library received a received 545 entries from twenty-six schools across the Midwest region including Exmouth District High School, the WA College of Agriculture Morowa, Meekatharra School of the Air and the home educated.

The Library would also like to acknowledge and thank the judges who willingly gave up their time to assess the entries.  As always, the judges do an incredible job and all judging is done anonymously.  This year the judges were: Jenny Kessell, Meredith Wills, Tony Turner, Sue Chiera, Heather Wallace, Warwick Glenister, Nola Gregory, Deanne Davies, Lorraine Chapman, Malcolm Smith, Matilda Scotney and Hugh de Beer.

The Library wishes to acknowledge and thank the people, local organisations and businesses within our community who have helped to make these awards a reality and contribute toward their success.  In addition to being supported by the City of Greater Geraldton, the Award receives support from the following sponsors ;

  • Hon Melissa Price MP, Minister for Defence Industry & Federal Member for Durack;
  • Hon Sandra Carr MLC, Labour Member for Agricultural Region;
  • Hon Colin de Grussa MLC, National Member for Agricultural Region;
  • Hon Steve Martin MLC, Liberal Member for Agricultural Region;
  • Mr Shane Love MLA, Member for Moore;
  • Apex Club of Geraldton;
  • Friends of Geraldton Library;
  • The Geraldton Cultural Trust;
  • Lions Club of Geraldton;
  • Writers of the Coral Coast;
  • Geraldton Newspapers Ltd;
  • Mrs Helen McArthur – (Sister to Randolph Stow);
  • Mrs Ann Boyle and
  • J & L Oliveri Cabinet Makers

Booklets containing the works of finalists are available for sale @ $13.00 each from the Library.  

EFTPOS is available.

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