Annual Heywire competition open for regional stories

Creative young people from communities across the north are being encouraged to get involved in an annual competition which aims to showcase the stories of youth living outside of metropolitan areas.

 Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said entries are now open for the annual Heywire storytelling competition.

 “Since its inception nearly 20 years ago, I’ve been fortunate to meet a number of the Heywire winners when they travel to Canberra as part of their prize, and I’ve got to say, I’ve been impressed by the stories they share,” Senator Macdonald said.

 Senator Macdonald said the competition is an excellent platform for young people to share their often vastly different perceptions on a whole range of issues relevant to their generation.

 “One of last year’s winners was a young girl from Townsville, whose story was about losing her cousin to a drug addiction, while another winner, from Cairns, told of the challenges he faced, and the loss of identity, when he moved from Far North Queensland to attend university in Canberra.”

 Entrants, who must be aged between 16-22, are encouraged to tell their stories through text, photos, video or audio. Winners will have their story published on the ABC, and receive an all-expenses paid trip to Canberra for the annual Heywire Youth Summit.

 Full details on eligibility, including previous winning entries and how to enter are available at Entries close on September 16, 2017.

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