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Lorna McDonald Essay Prize – Entries CLOSE

September 30, 2019

The Arts Central Queensland Lorna McDonald Essay Prize is now open, and this year we’ve doubled the first prize to $2,000.  There is also a runner up encouragement prize of $500.


The annual competition is open to essays of 3000 to 5000 words exploring any aspect of Central Queensland’s history, art, science, lifestyle and locals. It’s free to enter, there is no age limit, and there are no geographic boundaries as long as your work is specific to some aspect of the region. Judge Roger McDonald said the judges are particularly looking for previously under-represented voices and overlooked aspects of the Central Queensland experience.

“Looking out across the paddock on a beautiful morning it is so easy to take many aspects of the environment for granted; the underlying geology, the tenacity of grasses, the hydrology, the birdlife, the Aboriginal history to name but a few,” Mr McDonald said. “We want to hear all of what makes Central Queensland tick.”


Newly expressed or previously overlooked cultural experiences are very welcome. These may include history, whether social, economic, or political, but also embrace the arts, Indigenous experience, natural history, marine science, geology, land use, land care, or any matter pertaining to the region. All essays should be coloured by personal, memoirist experience, at once literary and imaginative, as covered by the broad term ‘essay’, which implies personal connection and strong feeling, as well as broader perspectives.


Arts Central QLD Inc.