Poets, here's a chance to win $500 courtesy of the Goondiwindi Argus

Nicole Alexander

Nicole Alexander

Poets can win $500 courtesy of the Goondiwindi Argus.

The inaugural poetry prize is open to any poet in Australia. There will be a $100 regional book prize for a local poet – that is – if they don’t win the big prize. The competition is part of the Goondiwindi Poetry and Arts Festival which begins in Goondiwindi on August 14. It is a satellite of the Queensland Poetry Festival. “We are very excited about the festival and what it can bring, to not just Goondiwindi but our entire region,” hosting organisation, the Macintyre Young Writers’ Committee President, Wendy Forsyth said.

The Argus is excited about getting on-board as a media partner. Our vibrant community, which we believe extends from many miles west of those Toobeah silos and back  to Coolmunda Dam and a tight turn right to Texas, continually amazes us with the talents and the interests shown by “locals”. We want to do our bit to add to that wonderful melange. And we hope we can all embrace and support this wonderful event.

The festival theme is, “Distant Voices”. The only proviso is that the poem or suite of poems must be 80 lines or less.  The closing date is 5pm Friday, August 11. While we would prefer if they were posted to The Argus, PO Box 284, Goondiwindi, 4390 they can also be e-mailed to books@thenookgoondi.com.au. We recommend a follow-up phone call to 0429031161 if you use this option. Poems should be written in 12pt and double-spaced, the poet’s name should be only on the front cover. More details on our web page soon.

The festival will showcase not just poetry. There will be workshops by some of Australia’s best poets, best-selling author Nicole Alexander and award-winning singer and song-writer Allan Caswell. There will be a photographic exhibition, film night, an open mike night for local performers, writers, and word lovers, a street-fair of pop-up poets and buskers and a gala evening of poetry, song and performance at the Goondiwindi Civic Theatre.