Banjo Paterson was born on February 17, 1864 and to celebrate his birthday anniversary Central West Libraries announce the call for entries in the Banjo Paterson Writing Awards. It is important to note that entries into the Short Story, Open Poetry and Children’s Writing Awards categories of the competition do not have to be in the style of Banjo’s writing.

Since established in 1991 these awards aim to honour Banjo Paterson, a great Australian writer and favourite son of Orange, with a competition to foster short story or poetry writing with Australian content. Banjo is most famous for writing the ballad Waltzing Matilda and the poem The Man From Snowy River.

There are four categories:

Short Story - First prize $1000

Open Poetry - First prize $1000

Bush Poetry - First Prize $500 and

ABC Central West Radio Children’s Writing Awards - First prize $200.

Entries in Short Story and Open Poetry sections and the Children’s Writing Awards do not have to be written in the same style as the work of Banjo Paterson or in ‘bush style’ as the awards are aimed at promoting all forms of Australia writing and all writers.  The only requirement is for Australian content.

First prize is $1,000, 2nd $400 and 3rd $200 in each of categories 1 and 2.  The third category is bush poetry with prizes of $500 for 1st, $200 for 2nd and $100 for third.  Entry is $10. 

The prizes for the ABC Central West Radio Children’s Writing Awards are 1st prize $200, 2nd and 3rd $100 each. Entry is $5 for these awards and entries must be the unaided work of the entrant up to and including age 16 years on Friday 21st April, 2017.

The competition closes on Friday 21st April 2017 and winners will be contacted by phone on Monday 3rd July.

The winners will be publicly announced at the Readers and Writers Festival to be held on Saturday 22nd July at the Hotel Canobolas.  The winning short story entry will be published in The Central Western Daily and winning entries will also be published on the Central West Libraries website

Entry forms are available from Central West Libraries website,

or by phoning 6393 8120, or email: