‘‘[The awards are] an opportunity to put your work out there,’’ Dan Davin Literary Foundation chairwoman Rebecca Amundsen said.
The competition involves three awards — a junior short story writing literary award for Year 7-10 pupils, a senior literary award for Year 11-13 pupils, and an adult section for people aged 18 and over which alternates each year between poetry and short story. This year the genre is poetry.
The competition is only open to those living in the Community Trust of Southland region, which covers Southland and parts of West Otago.
Ms Amundsen said all adult entrants would be given a priority place in a poetry workshop being held in conjunction with the inaugural Dan Davin Festival in September. It will be led by Sue Wootton, of Dunedin, an award-winning poet and fiction writer.
For the first time this year, all entrants were required to submit an electronic copy of their work rather than a paper copy.
Place-getters in each age-group category would receive a scholarship of a monetary prize and the opportunity to work with a published author who would mentor them to help develop their work, she said.
The winners of the awards will be announced during the festival.
Ms Amundsen said the group decided to play a support role in the Southland Festival of the Arts this year and instead channel its energy into creating a festival around the Dan Davin Awards, which start on Dan Davin’s birthday on September 1.
Festival events include readings from Dan Davin stories, the poetry workshop, an open mic poetry evening and a pecha kucha event — a form of presentation in which speakers talk about 20 slides shown for 20 seconds each.
Í To enter the Dan Davin Awards go to www.dandavin.org.nz, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries close on August 5.