THE Newcastle Herald is inviting writers from across the Hunter to enter its inaugural summer story competition.
Stories must relate in some manner to the theme "from the valley to the sea", and creativity is encouraged across all prose genres.
Submissions must be between 800 and 1000 words and participants must be residents of the Hunter.
A shortlist of 25 finalists will be selected by Hunter Writers Centre director Karen Crofts, HarperCollins publisher Jeanne Ryckmans, Herald editor Chad Watson and Herald writer Rosemarie Milsom.
All short-listed stories will be published in the Herald from December 26 to January 25. A winner and two runners-up will be selected.
The winner will receive a library of 50 new-release books from key publishers valued at $1000, as well as a Kobo touch e-reader and leather folio package valued at $152, courtesy of Domayne Kotara.
The second placegetter will receive a $200 voucher from MacLean's Booksellers and third place will receive a $100 MacLean's voucher.
All three winners will also receive 12 months' membership of the Hunter Writers Centre and a 12-week subscription to the Herald.
Please ensure you read the conditions on theherald.com.au, and submit your entry as an emailed attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on Monday, December 3.
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