Established and emerging writers are encouraged to submit new works for the Shore Lines annual competition and performance festival.
Shore Lines offers an exciting opportunity to writers who would love to see their work come to life on stage. Competition winners are guaranteed an opportunity to perform their winning piece, or have their piece performed, in front of an audience on Saturday 23 May in BREC's Cube theatre.
Entries are open from Monday 26 January to Friday 27 March and will be judged by an expert panel from Edith Cowan University. Unique in WA, Shore Lines is open to all forms of writing for performance including song writing, playwriting, monologues and performance poetry.
Click here to download the entry form. Entries can be submitted by post, email or in person. Entry fees are $10 for the open category and $5 for primary and secondary school categories.
There are two categories aimed specifically at young writers: one for primary and one for secondary school aged. A third category is open for all ages. There are an impressive range of prizes on offer including a week's residency at the Katherine Susannah Pritchard Writer's Retreat for the open category winner to absorb themselves in their craft.
For those who are interested, but need a little help or inspiration, writing and performance workshops will be presented by a range of talented facilitators. BREC can help to match up performers with writers who are a little more stage shy and prefer to stay behind the scenes.
In 2014, the top prize was awarded to Bunbury poet Xan Ashbury for her piece titled Right Down My Street. Xan performed alongside both shortlisted and prize-winning writers in The Cube at BREC and confirmed that the festival provided an amazing opportunity to hone her skills as a writer and performer.
"The workshops and festival definitely enriched my experience of living in Bunbury. It enabled me to meet other writers and feel part of a creative community. Since the festival I have performed poetry and stand-up comedy regularly and am looking forward to spending a week at the writer's retreat this summer," Xan said.
Now in its eighth year of life, Shore Lines offers an exceptional opportunity to writers in the South West and much further afield. The festival's new home at BREC will ensure the public are delivered an event of the highest quality. BREC's Special Projects Coordinator Colette McEntee said she was excited about this year's festival.
"Shore Lines brings together two really wonderful artforms: writing and performance. The festival will be really at home at BREC and we hope to put some amazing new works in front of people from all walks of life," she said.
With support from the City of Bunbury and BREC's Community Access Partners, Bunbury Port Authority, GWN7 and RadioWest, all Shore Lines events are free for the public to attend.