Calling All Writers to an Unfinished Tale


Elements of Byron, Byron Bay’s new world class beachfront resort and spa, is playing host to the Byron Bay Writers Festival this weekend, August 7 – 9. The Festival has been held on the magnificent 200 acre property for the majority of its 19 year history and is a permanent fixture on the site.

To introduce Festival guests to the new resort, an experiential short story writing competition is taking place. ‘A Wandering Tale’ will lead guests on a 30 minute journey to different spaces within the resort landscape where they can engage with nature. The short story ‘A Wandering Tale’, written by local author Lisa Walker, takes inspiration from this journey. But the catch is, the story is not complete. Festival-goers are encouraged to submit their ending online to have the chance to win one of two prizes.

Elements of Byron will have an onsite booth at the Byron Bay Writers Festival, where guests can register for the free competition and receive a special gift pack. The team will also be serving the resort’s refreshing Belongil Iced Tea for a gold coin donation. Proceeds will go toward tomorrow’s writers.

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Any festival guest is eligible to take part in the competition and finish the story. Final stories are to be submitted online within two weeks of the Festival. Lisa Walker will select the winning entry in conjunction with Elements of Byron owner Peggy Flannery. “I love how Lisa has interpreted our site” said Peggy Flannery. “This region is overflowing with creative energy so we are very fortunate to be able to work with such talent, from Authors like Lisa to the local artists who are currently producing some special pieces for us”.

The competition winner will receive five nights’ accommodation at Elements of Byron including breakfast, spa treatments, eco and dining experiences. The Peoples’ Choice Winner will receive three nights’ accommodation at Elements of Byron including breakfast and a full pass to the 2016 Byron Bay Writers Festival.

“A Wandering Tale is a fabulous concept and I am honoured to be involved” said Lisa Walker. “I was particularly excited about writing a story for somebody else to finish as I find that finishing stories is the hard part. There are a few elements which I wove through and I am curious to see how people pick these up and tie them together. When I was at the resort I saw a Brahminy Kite, I experienced the incredible view and the lily pond with its reflections… all this went into my story. Elements of Byron is a powerful place which will be the scene for many stories to unfold I am sure”.

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