State Library offers young writers a chance to win $2,000

Queensland’s young wordsmiths have a chance to win $2,000 with the launch of State Library of Queensland’s Young Writers Award 2013.

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

“The Young Writers Award is an annual short story competition for works of 2,500 words or fewer,” said Ms Wright.

“It’s a chance for emerging and aspiring writers to increase their exposure to the publishing industry, providing not only $2,000 in prize money to the winner, but also invaluable professional opportunities.

2013 marks the 18th birthday of the Young Writers Award, and we’re delighted to boast that over the past 18 years the competition has helped launch the careers of many well-known writers, including Tara June-Winch (Swallow the Air) and Alasdair Duncan (Sushi Central, Metro).

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.

Last year’s winner Rebecca Jessen said winning gave her an incredible sense of validation as a writer.

“It let me know I was on the right track with my writing, and gave me the confidence to continue putting my writing out there”, said Ms Jessen.

The 2013 judging panel comprises of award-winning young adult author Sue Gough, The Courier-Mail Arts Editor Nathanael Cooper, author and past Young Writers Award winner Alasdair Duncan, and Queensland Writers Centre Program Manager Aimee Lindorff.

The Young Writers Award winner, runner up (who also receives $500), and highly commended recipients get a 12-month youth membership to Queensland Writers Centre, 12-month membership to Australian Writers Marketplace online, admission to a Queensland Writers Centre workshop or industry seminar, and admission to a Brisbane Writers Festival workshop.

“State Library continues its commitment to fuelling Queenslanders’ passion for reading, writing and sharing ideas,” Ms Wright said.

Visit slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on for Young Writers Award guidelines and to read past winning stories.
Entries close at 5pm, 19 July 2013.

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Alexia Saeck, Communications, State Library of Queensland alexia.saeck@slq.qld.gov.au | 07 3840 7784

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