With lockdown boredom continuing for Melburnians, storytellers young and old are invited to showcase their creativity in a new writing competition launched by the Cat Protection Society of Victoria.
The 'Furry Tales Children's Story Competition' is calling for writing enthusiasts to write and submit their own unique short story aimed at preschool to junior primary school aged children that helps to educate the community on responsible cat ownership and raise the profile of cats as companion pets.
"At the Society, we know the incredible star power of cats, and can't wait to see how budding writers bring their furry tales to life," says Rachel Bitzilis, Marketing and Communications Manager, The Cat Protection Society of Victoria.
"Short story entries can be focussed on a cat who has found themselves seeking refuge at our adoption shelter, about a cat who is adopted into their purrfect forever home, about the challenges faced by a cat living on the street without a home to call its own, about your own family cat, or a cat that has had a profound impact on your life!"
There will be two categories: a junior category open to children twelve years and under, and an open category, open to anyone twelve years and above.
Entrants will have their work judged by a panel including an animal behaviorist and author, a primary school teacher and representative from the Cat Protection Society of Victoria.
The winning entry from both of the two categories will be combined into a Children's Book that will be professionally illustrated and published and available for purchase via the Society's retail and online stores. All proceeds from the sale of the book will go towards continuing to provide the highest levels of care and rehoming of cats and kittens in need. The Children's Book will also be incorporated into The Cat Protection Society's Primary School Education program to be introduced in 2022.
The winning author from the Junior category will receive a $150 Ultimate Kids Gift Card, a certificate and a private shelter tour with plenty of time for cat and kitten cuddling with three friends. The winning author from the Open age category will receive a $300 Visa Debit Card Voucher.
The Furry Tales Children's Story Competition is open now until Sunday 17th October, with winners announced at the start of November.
To find out more visit www.catprotection.com.au/furry-tales