Entries open for MP’s ANZAC writing competition

ENTRIES are now open for the annual ANZAC Day writing competition organised by Federal Member for Riverina, Michael McCormack.

In a letter sent to school Principals last week, Mr McCormack invited students from local high schools and primary schools to write a poem, essay or short story, no longer than 250 words, about “ANZAC Day in the Riverina”.

“This is a great opportunity to encourage Riverina school students to take part as a way of promoting creative writing about a subject of such importance to our nation and its people,” Mr McCormack said. 

The best entries chosen will receive a commemorative ANZAC-related book, to be presented by Mr McCormack.

Primary school students will have the chance to win a beautifully illustrated storybook A Day to Remember, a picture book tracing the story of ANZAC Day through the past 100 years.

For high school students there is a magnificent hard-cover book The Lost Diggers, by Ross Coulthard, on offer.

“As well as receiving the book, each of the eight winners will have their award-winning work and photo appear in my commemorative ANZAC Day glossy booklets which will again be distributed across the region in the lead-up to ANZAC Day this April.

All entries will receive a special signed Parliamentary certificate as a keepsake.

“I look forward to seeing the creative writing talents of local students on display,” Mr McCormack said.

Now in its third year, Mr McCormack’s ANZAC writing competition had more than 500 entries in 2012.

Entries can be sent to Mr McCormack’s Wagga Wagga or Griffith electorate offices.

Submission of entries closes on Friday 15 March 2013 at 5pm.

Cristy Houghton