Winner announced for the 2013 State Library Young Writers Award

Kahli Scott has been awarded the prestigious State Library of Queensland Young Writers Award and $2000 for her short story Lingerie.

Ms Scott, a 23 year old Arana Hills resident, accepted her prize at the Queensland Literary Awards ceremony, held last night at State Library.

State Librarian Janette Wright said the Young Writers Award continues to be one of Queensland’s premier initiatives supporting and showcasing talented young writers from across the state.

Ms Scott said she was thrilled by the success of her story Lingerie.

“Receiving any kind of validation as a writer is always a great feeling, but winning the Young Writers Award for this story in particular is especially meaningful for me,” said Ms Scott.

“Lingerie is one of the few stories I’ve written that I feel honestly came from the heart,” she said. “Winning has encouraged me to pursue the stories I really want to tell, as opposed to guessing at the stories I think other people might want to read.”

Young Writers Award judge Aimée Lindorff, from Queensland Writers Centre, said Lingerie was a subtly sophisticated reflection on how friendship can change and grow, told from the perspective of a teenage girl.

“The confidence of story and strength of character made Lingerie a stand-out favourite for the judging panel,” said Ms Lindorff.

The Young Writers Award Runner-Up prize of $500 was given to Nabila Ahmed, from Meadowbrook, for her story On the Mend.

Judges also recognised four highly-commended entries - Immortality by Renee Poole (Roma), Windows by Luke Rutledge (Auchenflower), The Green Dress by Greg Mackenzie (Toowoomba) and Chickenpox by Grace Kirk (Toowong).

In a first for the Young Writers Award, the judges also acknowledged an additional story. Judges felt that Gloria Ngabire’s moving account of her experience as an African refugee in Queensland, while not in the same category as the winning stories, was worthy of special mention. They encourage her to continue sharing her story.

The Young Writers Award is open to Queensland residents aged between 18 and 25 years. Read the wining stories at slq.qld.gov.au

[5/9/2013]

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