CANNONVALE Library staff are encouraging Whitsunday residents to put pen to paper as part of the National Year of Reading writing competition.
Entrants can let their imaginations run wild, with entries able to fall under fiction or non-fiction categories between 50,000 and 85,000 words.
Cannonvale Library is one of many across the country taking part in the National Year of Reading activities to help people discover and rediscover the magic of books.
To help entice people to enter, the winning entry will be awarded a Literary Award to recognise their efforts and creativity along with publication and printing of their book.
This will include internal formatting, cover formatting, a digital copy and 100 printed copies.
They will also receive a marketing plan that will include a five page website, pay pal account, press release and book launch at the library.
This prize is valued at more than $1500 and is sure to be a terrific launching pad for budding authors.
Founders of the Townsville Writers and Publishers Centre, Carla Hutchinson-Reade will be the judge of the winning entry.
Ms Hutchinson-Reade studied professional writing and literature at Deakin University in Melbourne and has been a journalist for World Vision in India, writing and making documentaries rarely seen by foreigners.
As Cannonvale Library receive entries they will give them an anonymous number and forward them to Ms Hutchinson-Reade who will shortlist the entries before selecting a winner.
Entries cost $15 or $65 if you would like judge's comments.
Entry forms and conditions can be picked up at the Cannonvale Library, with entries closing on October 26 this year.
Cannonvale Library will also host a Creative Inc writing class on Tuesday, May 29 from 2-3pm.
For more information about the competition or writing activities phone 4946 1988.