Minister Encourages Victorian Veterans' Participation In Story Writing And Art Competition

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The Hon Alan Griffin MP

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs


Friday 18 April 2008



A special writing category commemorating the 90th anniversary of the end of the First World

War will feature in the 46th annual Story Writing and Art Competition, the Minister for Veterans'

Affairs, Alan Griffin, said today.

Mr Griffin said the competition would provide all members of the Victorian ex-service community

with an opportunity to explore new and creative skills and to research or share wartime


“The well-being of the veteran community is enriched by participating in activities that are

meaningful and pleasurable, such as story writing, art, craft and photography,” Mr Griffin said.

“I encourage all veterans, their spouses, war widows and dependants in Victoria to submit an


Mr Griffin said the special writing category commemorating the 90th anniversary of the end of

the First World War would have as its theme, ‘The War to end all Wars’.

Entries in the other categories of art, craft and photography will be displayed at a public

exhibition in October at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital.  Images of the winning entires,

including the winning stories, will be included in a special publication, Bravo.  Trophies, cash

and other prizes will be presented in each category at a special ceremony in November.

The Story Writing and Art Competition was established in 1962 as therapy for returned

servicemen and women.

Entries close on 25 July and entry forms and more information is available from:

Story Writing & Art Competition Coordinator

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

GPO Box 87A

Melbourne  VIC  3001

e-mail  or telephone 1300 132 515

Media inquiries:  Laura Ryan  0437 863 109

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