Calling all writers: South West Shorts competition

Fran Gronow and Sky River from Margaret River perform the 2018 winning play, Frog-song. Image Harry Cox.
Fran Gronow and Sky River from Margaret River perform the 2018 winning play, Frog-song. Image Harry Cox.

Writers from the South-West region have been invited by Western Edge Performance Writers in Perth to join them in writing a short, original monologue or duologue about life in WA's south-west.

Three finalists from the South-West and three from Perth will be performed at Margaret River’s new HEART black box studio on Saturday May 18 and the scripts published in the South-West Shorts 2019 anthology.

South-West Short’s producer Therese Edmonds said the competition was the only one of it’s kind for South West writers. 

“This is a fabulous opportunity for local writers to have their work developed, performed and published,” Ms Edmonds said.

“There are no other competitions like this in WA and it is one of the few places where playwrights can get together with their colleagues to further their writing career.

“We’re always thrilled by the quality of entries and love to see local, Australian stories being told.”

Writers at any stage of their career are encouraged to enter; there are no age, experience or style restrictions.

Submission requirements have been left as broad as possible, to allow for many writers to take part.

Liz Nicolas and Nicola Bond from the MRTG read Norm Flynn's play, 'Simple Things', at the 2018 South-West Shorts play reading. Image Harry Cox.

Liz Nicolas and Nicola Bond from the MRTG read Norm Flynn's play, 'Simple Things', at the 2018 South-West Shorts play reading. Image Harry Cox.

The 2017 and 2019 anthologies can be ordered on the website or look for them in your local library, the State or Battye libraries. A copy is also held in the National Library in Canberra and they are regularly sold at WA writing events.

Entries are open now, online at www.edgeperformancewriters.com.au/south-west-shorts and must be received by 9am on 18th March 2019.

There is no fee for entry and each entrant will receive feedback on their script from one of the judges.