Honouring water the write way

Gathering inspiration for the short story competition on the banks of the Wilsons River recently were judges Elizabeth Seidl from Rous Water and The Echos arts and entertainment writer S Sorrensen.

Water in all its various forms has provided the inspiration for many a great novel be it the mighty Mississippi in Mark Twains Huckleberry Finn or the murky depths of the ocean in Jules Vernes 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

And hopefully it will also influence burgeoning local writers, who are being invited to put pen to paper for the Rous Water and Northern Rivers Echo short story competition.

Entries should be 500 words or less and based on the theme Water for Life, which leaves plenty of room for individual interpretation as water is integral to the way we live, work and play every day.

Culminating during National Water Week in October, the short story competition is designed to get people thinking about this natural resource and inspire people to become more water wise.

Water gives us life and is vital for our communities yet it is under threat from pollution, changing climate and increased demand, said Elizabeth Seidl from Rous Water. It is the fundamental basis to our existence on earth but, like every element of our environment, is very vulnerable too. Water will be a major issue in the future and our job at Rous is to protect it. We believe by encouraging people to ponder its value we motivate them to care for and conserve this most precious resource.

The competition is open to anyone living in the Lismore, Ballina, Richmond Valley and Byron local government areas, and will be judged by Elizabeth, Echo arts and entertainment writer S Sorrensen and Echo editor Terra Sword.

There are three age categories to enter 12 years and under, 13-18 years and 19 years and older with a $250 cash prize and $250 book voucher for each winner. The winners in categories one and two will also receive $150 for their school and runners up will all receive a $250 book voucher.

Entries for the short story competition close on October 5. For more information and entry forms phone Elizabeth on 6621 8055 or email

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