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Much More Than Words Anthology Launch

What a successful exhibition was had over the weekend. We were well attended by local entrants and their families along with our local poet laureates.

The pictures tell the story. We all enjoyed hearing Bob Campbell read Deborah Cooke’s winning entry, Rekindling, and Monica reading her entry, Babe of the Vineyards.

Well done to the Mudgee Valley Writers team for their hard work and the Mudgee Readers Festival team for the impeccable organisation and presentations on the day.

Now we can take a few breaths until our next competition and book launch.

Our entries.
Terry Yates
Bob Campbell
Jorrie Ryan

Ross Kurtz
Sam Paine
Kevin Pye receiving a Viewers Award
Monica receiving a Viewers Award

And the winner is…

The Much More Than Words competition has wrapped up for this year and we couldn’t have done it without our sponsors, Mid-Western Regional Council and Moolarben Coal. Without sponsorship, our competition and upcoming exhibition of entries would not be possible.

Congratulations to all those who entered. Every entry was of high quality with entrants ranging in age from ten years to grandparents, covering a wide range of topics. The combination of eye-catching images and wonderful prose and poetry made the judges’ job very difficult. But a decision had to be made. The first prize went to Deborah Cooke for ‘Rekindling’ (featured image). Below are all the finalists and the entries to be published in the Much More Than Words anthology.

Our exhibition for all entries and the launch of the anthology will be held in conjunction with the Mudgee Readers Festival on Saturday 27th August. Further details of the venue and time will be available closer to the date. We welcome everyone to come along to the exhibition and join in on the fun of the Launch. Our own poet and musician, Bob Campbell will be entertaining all in attendance.

Again, congratulations to all our entrants and those who made our finalists list.

First PlaceRekindlingDeborah CookeMt Marsden
Second PlaceThe ButterflyNoel PickettBranxton
Third PlaceThe GardenerMaria RadanovKyabram
Cover DesignOn Nature’s TermsNarelle NoppertPicton



(In no particular order)
Let the Dragons PlayPeter O’ShaughnessyEaton
The ObserverAmy MillerMarcus Beach
The Siren Song of HomeLara FlanaganTenterfield
I Listened to Her SilenceKevin PyeMudgee
AlleywaySamuel D MaysonMudgee
MyselfManuga BandaraGirraween
Listen to the Rising SunJim KentPort Fairy
What She Can BeWendell WattGreenwich
Single Apple on a TreeElizabeth BlackmoreBroken Hill
Moon in the MorningAnne Elizabeth AndrewsWaukivory
Ode to LunaJoanna FaircloughBlackburn
Chasing RainbowsSheryl MolonySalter Point
Remember…Verena BacchiniBalgowlah
A Life Jude SattlerBeachmere
Babe of the VineyardsMonica LeeMudgee
Ghost GumAgi DobsonKorumburra
CoffeeNatalie CooperBurwood

A picture is worth a thousand words

The first impression of this picture is ‘what well-behaved dogs.’ And for the split-second this picture was taken, indeed they were. However, immediately after they both liberated some baubles from the Christmas tree and proceeded to chase them around the house.

Flash fiction style

Tell us your picture story—flash fiction style—in 250 words. What was contrary to the image, or what does your picture emphatically say? You only have 11 days to submit your entry. Click on the competition link to download the entry form and get writing.


Bally and Maddie–at a quiet moment

Much More Than Words photo/prose competition

The Much More Than Words competition is in full swing with quite a number of entries already received. Our members are very excited to begin the process of judging the colourful entries and keeping them at bay is proving to be a harder task than anticipated.

Our competition committee is hard at work, collaborating with the Mudgee Readers Festival organisers to plan the exhibition of photos, prose and poetry at the festivals Home-Grown event. With so much happening this year’s exhibition will be our best so far.

Don’t forget to get your entries in before June 17th. Entry forms can be downloaded at the competitions tab.

One of Mudgee’s stunning sunsets.