Last chance to enter Young Writers Award

Young wordsmiths have until 19 July to enter their short story in State Library of Queensland’s Young Writers Award for a chance to win $2000.

State Librarian Janette Wright said the prestigious competition, open to Queensland residents aged 18 to 25, is a great opportunity for aspiring writers to share their stories, and hopefully kick-start a literary career.

“The annual short story competition provides a chance for emerging and aspiring writers to gain exposure and receive invaluable professional development opportunities,” said Ms Wright.

“Queensland is a gold mine of young creative talent, and it’s competitions like this one that help reveal that hidden talent and provide the support and encouragement needed to further their careers,” Ms Wright said.

“Whether you’re a notepad scribbler, a creative writing student, or just have a great story to tell, I encourage you to let the words flow and see where it takes you,” said Ms Wright.

If you’re thinking of entering, here are some tips on how to get noticed.

  • Be confident in your writing, relax and don’t try too hard
  • Use language that comes naturally to you
  • The judges are looking for stories with distinctive and interesting characters and plots – so first get to know who your characters are and where your plot is going, and the language will follow.
  • They’re all good ideas, but don’t try to cram them all into one piece. Think about your core themes and characters and stick by them; your loyalty will pay off in the end.

The Young Writers Award closes at 5pm on Friday 19 July, 2013. For more details, and to read some of the past winning stories, visit

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