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PEN Melbourne @ The Mildura Writers Festival

June 16, 2019 IN WIP
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At PEN Melbourne we’re excited about our partnership with The Mildura Writers Festival and have recently had the pleasure of offering the second Mildura Indigenous Writers Award, in association with the Mallee District Aboriginal Services. The winner for the 2016 prize is Sianlee Harris with her story, ‘Memories’. To read Harris’s story as well as more about PEN’s celebrations at Mildura, download the latest PEN Quarterly.

The award is open to local Indigenous writers aged 16 years and over, for a short piece of fiction up to 2,000 words, or a poem (open theme). The winner is awarded a prize money of $1,200.
The 2017 entries will open in May 2017 and close on 1 July 2017

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