The late John Moorhead.
The late John Moorhead.

Passion for the written word



THE John Moorhead Memorial Literary Prize 2005 encourages young people to express themselves through writing.

The competition, in its second year, honours the late John Moorhead OAM.

Mr Moorhead was editor of The Daily Examiner from 1960 to 1977 and was Grafton's youngest ever mayor, aged 31. He died in 2001.

The 2005 prose topic was decided by Mr Moorhead's wife, Pauline, and the competition's judges.

Mrs Moorhead said she shared her husband's passion for writing, but not his skill.

"I would like to encourage good self expression in poetry and prose," she said.

The total prize pool is $1000 and winners will be published in The Daily Examiner.

"I wanted to do something in my husband's memory; he was a man who did a lot for the Valley," Mrs Moorhead said.

Mrs Moorhead said it was important for young people to get involved.

The senior division is open to persons under 25 years of age and the junior division is for people 18 or under as at October 28.

The chief judge will be Mr and Mrs Moorhead's son, John Moorhead (BA PhD) who is a Fellow of the Australian Humanities Association, Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a McCaughey Professor of History at The University of Queensland.

Entry forms are available at The Daily Examiner's Grafton office.



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