A short story about learning to read as an adult could win you a share of $30,000, in a National Year of Reading competition for Adult Learners’ Week. The competition closes on 6 August.

True stories as well as fiction pieces are eligible, with a special category for those who are new to writing. Entries are welcomed from published writers, emerging writers, as well as from people who have their own learning-to-read story to tell.

A panel of judges will select one winner in each state and territory. Each will win $3000. A further six prizes of $1000 each will be awarded to entries from new writers or people who are writing about their own learning experience. Winners’ names will be announced on 25 August at a special event for The Reading Hour (

Last year’s winners included Tasmanian writers Philomena van Rijswijk, Tansy Rayner-Roberts and Mark Joseph. The stories from last year’s competition have been welcomed by agencies working in the literacy field, and winners have spoken about their stories to community groups.

The prize is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR), through Adult Learners’ Week National Grant Funding.

Stories must be 3000 words or less, and must be entered by 5pm on Monday 6 August online at

Book launches and events

Friday 13 July, 5.30pm – Reading Tasmanians: An Interpretation – An exhibition at the at the Allport Gallery, Hobart Library, 91 Murray Street by members of Hunter Island Press, interpreting Tasmanian books as part of The National Year of Reading. 13 July – 22 September 2012.

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