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    John Gavin Writing Competition 2024

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    THE JOHN GAVIN WRITING COMPETITION 2024 - OPEN CATEGORY & WA STUDENTS CATEGORY

    Over the Easter weekend of 1844, the Swan River Colony witnessed deadly justice served upon the first European hanged since their settlement, as young John Gavin lost his life in front of the Fremantle Round House. Executed for murdering the son of his master, the sensational crime overshadowed the pitiable life of the unmourned teenager buried in the sand dunes.

    On 6th April 2024, it will be 180 years since John Gavin met his fate. To recognise this part of our history we invite submissions in the following competition with the requisite storyline components specified on our website. 

    The John Gavin Writing Competition Open category has a 750-word limit. 

    The John Gavin Writing Competition WA Students category has a 500-word limit

    Competition Officially Opened 12 February 2024 and Closes Midnight 12 May 2024

    Prizes: Open Category - 1st prize - $350 -  2nd prize - $200 - Entry Fee: $10 per entry plus Humanitix fee

    Prizes: WA Students Category - 1st prize - $150 - 2nd prize - $100 - Entry Fee: $7.50 plus Humanitix fee


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