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Writing competition reaches new milestone

Published on Wednesday, 26 August 2020 at 9:00:51 AM

This year’s Randolph Stow Young Writers Award (Randolph Stow) reached a new milestone with more than 800 entries from 24 schools in the Midwest.

Just 46 finalists gathered with their families and dignitaries for a ceremony at Geraldton Senior High School last week.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn congratulated everyone involved.

“The Midwest is brimming with creative and imaginative youngsters, and my praise goes to all of them for sharing their poems and short stories with us,” he said.

“Randolph Stow is just one of the examples of how the Geraldton Regional Library encourages youth to develop their talents and dream a little bigger.

“Congratulations to everyone involved in this year’s celebration – the winners, everyone who entered, judges, teachers, organisers and sponsors.” 

Some of the students that entered represented Nagle Catholic College, Geraldton Senior High School, Geraldton Grammar School as well as Meekatharra School of the Air, Northampton District High School, Mullewa’s Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Dongara District High School.

The Randolph Stow Award was first introduced in 1989 by the Geraldton Regional Library to encourage the art of creative writing. It is now an esteemed event in the Midwest, which was named in honour of Randolph Stow’s literary achievements and links to Geraldton.

Judges who had the tough job of shortlisting the finalists include Stan Maley, Sue Chiera, Warwick Glenister, Malcolm Smith, Fiona Farley, Jackie Gill, Deanne Davies, Matilda Scotney, Tony Turner, Nola Gregory and Lorraine Chapman.

A list of winners is available by clicking here.

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