The Goulburn Valley Writers Group has returned the literary award, the Ron Euling Memorial Shield, to the Euling family after the competition’s completion in 2014.
The group’s treasurer Eileen Torney returned the shield to Mr Euling’s wife Mavis on Wednesday for what she described as safe keeping and to remember the legacy of the region’s great writers.
The competition began in 1999, with the prize awarded to local writers, poets and journalists for outstanding work in any literary form during the year.
The award was traditionally presented at the group’s Christmas party.
Some of the previous winners of the awards are Alan Matthews (2006) and Kylie Oakes (2008), daughter of original group member Hugh Oakes, poet Roger Furphy (2013) and Rob McLean.
Writers who won the award could nominate themselves or be nominated by others and they did not have to be part of the group.
Ron Euling had been an active member of the group and was a manager and announcer for One FM radio station as well as a mentor to many writers.
Group secretary Helen Castles said the decision was made to retire the competition because the small group would have to get outside judges for the competition and they wanted to keep the shield uniquely local.
‘‘The group has many commitments and can’t continue the competition,’’ she said.