Clouds roll in. In Melbourne it’s cold! cold! cold! Entries arrive from near and far as writers interpret the theme of storm. Every new entry is an inspiration – a force of creativity and there are still two months to go until the deadline of 30 September 2022.

The heater is on and next to my desk is a big box of flyers; ready to find their way into bookstores and libraries.

Below an image of a topsy turvy, vertical cityscape are the words: Confidence, Minds Shine Bright Anthology 2022, coming soon.

We are working as quickly as we can to bring the words of our published writers to readers. We are so close now.

It will soon be time to celebrate as we announce the winners, commended entries and long list for the Minds Shine Bright writing competition Confidence 2022. There will be a virtual Awards Night, a Confidence anthology launch at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne, and gifts of recognition will be posted. So keep warm, keep writing and celebrate with us in August and beyond.

Photograph by Lily Mulholland

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