Creative Writing Awards to return

The City of Melbourne will relaunch the Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards this year after they were last held in 2017.

The awards are presented for six categories including short stories, narrative non-fiction and novellas, with prizes of up to $12,000.

Lord Mayor Sally Capp said she was looking forward to relaunching the awards.

“Our creative community is important to our city’s culture and economy,” Cr Capp said.

“We are a world-renowned city of literature; cultivating and fostering the next generation of writers is crucial.”

“I am looking forward to reading the best of Melbourne’s literary talent when the awards are held again,” she said.

2017 winner Jack Callil welcomed the decision to relaunch the awards.

He said winning was a “hugely humbling experience” which “helped affirm” his writing and provided him with more opportunities.

“It makes you stand out,” he said.

A date is yet to be confirmed for the awards’ return.

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