Winner announced for the 2014 State Library Young Writers Award

Brisbane writer Michael Day has been awarded the prestigious State Library of Queensland Young Writers Award and $2,000 for his short story Zen Master.

Mr Day, a 22 year old writing and literature student at UQ, said he was thrilled to be acknowledged for his story, which captures the vulnerability and awkwardness of the transition into adulthood.

“It's amazing because this story feels like the closest I've come to figuring out how I like writing and what I like writing about,” he said.

Acting CEO Kathy Hayter said the Young Writers Award, which was established in 1995, continues to unearth and encourage young creative talent.

“This year the competition received a record number of entries, with stories coming in from right across Queensland,” said Ms Hayter.

“The Young Writers Award sits alongside State Library’s black&write! Indigenous Writing and Editing program and the Queensland Literary Awards as key initiatives celebrating, showcasing and supporting the development of Queensland’s writing talent.

“It’s competitions such as these that give budding young writers the confidence, resources and connections to develop their writing further."

Arts Minister Ian Walker said it was exciting to see new Queensland talent like Mr Day launch on the literary scene.

“Michael now joins a prestigious list of young writers who started their writing careers by winning the Young Writers Award prize.”

“Most recently, past winner Rebecca Jessen this month published her first book Gap (UQP), which is a novelisation of the short story which won her the 2012 Young Writers Award,” Mr Walker said.

The Young Writers Award Runner-Up prize of $500 went to Lucinda Bopf from Kedron for Fish, a memorable story full of originality and ambition.

Judges also recognised four highly commended entries — Fog on the Highway by Regan Lynch (Paddington), Ziggy the Bagman by Tina Gaudry (St Lucia), The Beekeeper's Wife by Kimberley Smith (Annerley), and The Deep End by Molly Glassey (Paddington).

The Young Writers Award is open to Queensland residents aged between 18 and 25 years. Read the winning stories online at

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