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Enter the 10-word story challenge

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How much of a story can you tell with 10 words? Well that was 11 and not much story there so it’s a challenge.

To promote uniquely Australian books to students across the country Reading Australia has partnered with the Australian Library and Information Association to launch the 10-word story challenge which runs until 2nd July, 2018.

The not-for-profit Copyright Agency created Reading Australia in response to growing concerns that knowledge of, and appreciation for, Australian stories was in decline.

The challenge presents Australian students with the opportunity to win Booktopia book vouchers worth $100 for themselves and their schools by submitting their favourite storyline of one of 300 Reading Australia books, in 10 words or less.

The Copyright Agency’s CEO Adam Suckling says “Every student in Australia should be given the opportunity to access and appreciate quality Australian writing in classrooms and at home. The 10-word story challenge encourages students to choose a book, discover its essence and express that simply and economically.”

Open to both primary and secondary students, the 10-word story challenge was launched at the Children’s Book Council of Australia AGM at ALIA House.

With 10 vouchers to be won by five students and their school libraries, each entry will be individually judged by a panel from the Copyright Agency, and winners will be notified by 23 July.

For more on the 10-word story challenge, go to to choose from a wide array of Australian books and enter before 2nd July.

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