The Society of Women Writers Queensland presents the Estelle Pinney Short Story Competition. The competition seeks unpublished short stories that do not exceed 1500 words from Australian women writers.

A monetary prize of $350 will be on offer for the first place winner, $150 for second place and $75 for third. Submissions close at the end of next month, 31 July. There is also the possibility that an anthology will be created out of the best submissions.

Estelle Pinney is an esteemed member and former patron of the Society and has worked tirelessly for the organisation. She is the author of Time Out for Living (1995) and A Net Full of Honey (1996), and co-author of Too Many Spears (1978) with late husband Peter Pinney. Estelle grew up in Cairns, Queensland and now lives in Brisbane with her daughter. Her adult life saw her working as an ambulance driver for the US army during World War II, as a beauty consultant, and as a registered deckhand on her husband’s cray fishing boat in the Torres Strait. These life experiences have influenced her writing of Australian historical novels.

The Society of Women Writers Queensland provides support and encouragement for established women writers and those who wish to write or are beginning to write, through a program of regular workshops and events, a monthly newsletter, a yearly writers retreat weekend and a monthly meeting at Brisbane Square Library. The Society’s next meeting will be held on 10 July at 9.45 am. President of Queensland Braille Writing Association, Sue Wagner, will be a guest speaker at the meeting. She will talk about why she does Braille, and how she and a team of Braille Transcribers at Braille House produce books, student texts, documents and even greeting cards in Braille.

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