EXACTLY 50 words was the challenge for those who took part in the Write Around the Murray Festival’s nano story competition.
Winners of the nano and short story competitions were announced at the Albury Library Museum last night.
The competition received 270 nano entries in four age categories, while the $1000 short story competition attracted 120 and was won by Julie Chilver, of Queensland, who did not attend last night’s presentation.
Among section winners from Albury were Jessica Lowry, 12 (primary, years 5-6) Simone Brewer, 13 (secondary), Mattea Little, 9 (primary years 3-4) and Anne Dobson (open).
Primary school student Sam Crosthwaite, whose entry was highly commended, found inspiration for his nano creation after witnessing a classmate cleaning out his ear.
His written piece was about waking up and not being able to hear his mother because of a “gigantic, gooey, hairy, partly dry piece of horrible earwax”.
Yackandandah’s Kelli Beer and Julie Monaghan, of Sydney, were highly commended in the short story section.
Mrs Monaghan made the trip from Sydney after being notified that she was shortlisted.
“Writing has become a passion for me and I will keep it up,” she said.
The five-day festival was officially launched yesterday and includes book launches today.
The nano entries will be projected on to a wall behind the library museum building from sunset each evening during the festival.