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Barry Young River of Stories Awards

Theme

Magic

Word limit

500, 1,000 & 1,500

Prize amount

Primary students
Winner: $50 + $300 for school library
Runners-up: $25 book voucher
Best overall: $250 for school

Secondary students
Winner: $100 + $300 for school library
Runners-up: $50 book voucher
Best overall: $250 for school

Closing date

Midnight, Wednesday 31 July, 2024

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The Barry Young River of Stories is a writing competition for Primary and Secondary school students who live in the Albury Wodonga region.

Students in Years 3 to 12 are invited to submit short stories or poems relating to the theme, “Magic”

Students are encouraged to think creatively about the term “magic”. For example, magic can be performed by magicians and wizards, but magic can also happen in everyday life! Taking a mark in the grand final, meeting your idol, making a wish on your birthday candles – these are all examples of magic around us.

Prizes for the winning writers in each category include personal prizes as well as donations to their school!

The Barry Young River of Stories has been supported by the Albury Hume Rotary Club since 2003. This year, as it turns 21, the competition will be known as the Barry Young River of Stories in recognition of Barry’s long term, continuing dedication to the competition.


Primary Students

2024 Theme: Magic

Poetry

Categories: Years 3+4, Years 5+6
Winner in each category: $50 + $300 for school library
Runners-up in each category: $25 voucher

Best overall: $250 for school

Short Story

Categories:

Years 3+4 (500 word limit)

Years 5+6 (1000 word limit)

Winner in each category: $50 + $300 for school library
Runners-up in each category: $25 voucher

Best overall: $250 for school

Closing date

Midnight Wednesday 31 July, 2024

Click Here to Submit Your Entry

Secondary Students

2024 Theme: Magic

Poetry

Categories: Years 7+8, Years 9+10, Years 11+12
Winner in each category: $100 + $300 for school library
Runners-up in each category: $50 voucher

Best overall: $250 for school

Short Story

Categories:

Years 7+8 (1000 word limit)

Years 9+10 (1500 word limit)

Years 11+12 (1500 word limit)

Winner in each category: $100 + $300 for school library
Runners-up in each category: $50 voucher

Best overall: $250 for school

Closing date

Midnight Wednesday 31 July, 2024

Click Here to Submit Your Entry



Thank you to the generous sponsors of this competition


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