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Star Prize for Rural Writing

Have you written the best rural story published in NSW? You could win a trip to the IFAJ Congress

The Star Prize for Rural Writing recognises excellence in print journalism and enables the winner to network with the world’s top agricultural journalists.

New and continuing members of the Farm Writers’ Association of NSW are invited to enter one article of broad agricultural interest that has been published in print or online during the relevant calendar year.

The state winner will attend the International Federation for Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) congress and will have his/her story entered in the national contest to determine Australia’s entry for the IFAJ Star Prize for Print. The international prize will be presented at the IFAJ Congress.

The Farm Writers’ Association of NSW will cover the cost of registration (accommodation is included) for the IFAJ Congress and a contribution to air fares (directly to the event) to the maximum value of $5,000. If the NSW winner wins the national prize, Farm Writers will convert the NSW award to a contribution towards the cost of pre- or post-congress tours or other congress expenses.

For more information, contact Ben Waters: or 02 8247 8019.


1. Eligibility: The contest is open only to members in good standing of Farm Writers’ Association of NSW Inc. Corporate members may nominate up to three entrants. An individual may not enter more than one article, must be over 21 years of age and normally a resident or working in New South Wales. Click here to become a member.

2. Articles must be on a subject of wide agricultural interest and have been published as editorial material in print or online between 1 January  and 31 December of the year in question.

3. Prize: The winner of the NSW competition will be awarded a certificate and a prize, not exceeding $5,000 in value, to enable him or her to attend the IFAJ congress. The prize is not transferable. The prize is to be taken in the form of registration fees plus a contribution towards airfare and may not be converted to cash. The winner will be entered as the NSW Finalist in the national judging, administered by the Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists, to select the Australian entrant in the IFAJ Star Prize writing contest. In the event that the NSW Finalist wins the national award, the NSW prize will lapse and Farm Writers may substitute a contribution to conference expenses to a maximum of $1,500.

4. Writing will be judged on style, content, objectivity/balance and likelihood of winning the Star Prize. The layout and design of the article will not be considered in the judging. The judge’s decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.

How to Enter

To enter:

• Attach the text of the article in English to an e-mail to

• The closing date will be advised each year.

• The e-mail to which the article is attached must contain the following:

      • If the entrant is an individual, rural or retired member, the name, address, e-mail address and telephone number of the entrant. If the entrant is a corporate member, the name and address of the organisation, the name, email address and telephone number of the principal corporate contact and the name, position, email address and telephone number of the author.
      • The name of the publication or web site where the article was published along with the date and issue of the publication.
      • Electronic proof of publication (for example, a jpeg showing the article as published along with the name of the publication/website and the date of publication) must be provided and the entrant must be prepared and able to mail, on request, a tear sheet or photocopy of the article as it appeared in the publication or online to The Star Prize, GPO Box 1108, Sydney, NSW 2001.

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