Young community of Australian writers celebrates 40 years | The phoenix of the summits

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The Lambing Flats (Young) branch of the Fellowship of Australia (FAW) Writers NSW Inc is holding a writing competition as part of its 40 year celebrations.

President Jennifer Haynes said the group started in 1982.

“The group was basically started by three ladies,” Ms Haynes said.

“It held its first meeting on December 5, 1982, and six people attended that first meeting.

“We currently have about 11 members, which is a good number for a small community.”

Membership numbers have fluctuated over the years, but the group is delighted with its 40th anniversary.

The 2022 ‘Burrangong Gold’ writing contest invites people to write a fictional short story or memoir/family history as part of their celebrations.

Entries are welcome for adults (up to 2000 words), students in grades 7-12 (up to 2000 words), and students in grades 4-6 (700-800 words).

Pupils from schools attending Hilltops Council area schools are also invited to write a work of fiction or non-fiction or research based on the history of the Burrangong Goldfields.

All entries should reflect one or a combination of the following: Incidents and experiences of migration to Australia from the 1800s to the 2000s;

Any experience of living and traveling in Australian goldfields; Any story based on/in Burrangon Goldfields past to present.

A memoir, for the purposes of this contest, is defined as an incident or series of incidents related to the writer’s family life or history, including but not limited to stories passed down from generation to generation. in generation.

The contest costs $5 per entry for adults and is free for students, although students are limited to one entry each.

Closing of registrations on May 15.

The group has several activities planned throughout the year to celebrate its 40th anniversary, including an anthology book launch. Ms Haynes said past winners of a national writing competition held annually by the Fellowship of Australian Writers would be included in the anthology.

For more information please contact Jennifer Haynes on 0457 903 240 or email