Be part of new book

By Country News

Budding authors are being given the chance to have their work published in a new book.

Titled Food for Thought, it is a project of the Speak Up Campaign.

Contributions are being sought from southern NSW and northern Victoria and will be accepted until August 31.

Deniliquin Newsagency and Bookstore will provide book voucher prizes in a range of categories, from lower primary school-age through to adults

Speak Up Campaign spokesperson Loretta Warren said the main aim of the book was to highlight the importance of food and agriculture to our region.

‘‘Last year the major project for Speak Up was a booklet we compiled titled Food Grows Where Water Flows,’’ she said.

‘‘It explained the need to ensure we have adequate water to grow food for domestic and international consumption, as well as emphasising the importance of growing food to our regional economies.’’

Entries will be accepted from the NSW Murray and Murrumbidgee regions and Victoria’s Goulburn Valley and northern region.

The topic can be any one of the following, or a combination: our region, agriculture, produce from our region, future of our region, water, food security, environment or farming.

The following word limits are recommended:

■Lower primary: 250 words, or 100 words and picture.

■Upper primary: 500 words, or 250 words and picture.

■Years 7 to 9: 500 words.

■Years 10 to 12: 750 words.

■Adults: 1000 words.

Short stories, prose and poetry will all be considered for inclusion in the book.

■Entry forms can be downloaded from:

Entries need to be emailed to:

■For more information about the book, phone: 0427 579 479.