$2,000 up for grabs for Queensland’s young writers

State Library of Queensland’s (SLQ) annual Young Writers Award is open once again, with $2,000 on offer for the budding author that wins first prize.

For more than 20 years, SLQ’s Young Writers Award has offered young Queenslanders the opportunity to launch their writing career and join the ranks of previous winners and published authors, Benjamin Law and Rebecca Jessen to name a few.

The short story competition also looks to nurture talent in school-aged writers with a category now open for 15 to 17 year olds, in addition to the long standing category for 18 to 25 year olds.

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said the award fostered our state’s home grown talent.

“The Young Writers Award is a great opportunity for Queensland’s most promising budding authors to develop their skills and get their foot in the door of the writing industry,” Ms Enoch said.

“The competition provides professional and personal opportunities that support the next generation of writers.”

State Librarian and CEO Sonia Cooper said the award was part of SLQ’s commitment to share the stories of Queenslanders — whether historical and personal or fictional and imaginative.

“This annual competition helps young writers to find their own voice and contribute to the diverse story of our state,” Mrs Cooper said.

“Through the Young Writers Award, we aim to provide the winners with the confidence in their abilities and industry exposure to successfully pursue their career aspirations.”

The competition is open to Queensland residents aged 15 to 25 years into two categories: 15 to 17 years (1,500 words) and 18 to 25 years (2,500 words).

The winner of the 18 to 25 years category receives $2,000 prize money, and the winner of the 15 to 17 years category receives an Apple iPad Air 2.

Runners up and highly commended entrants receive a variety of prizes including prize money, digital tablets, gift vouchers and book packs.

All prize winners also receive a 12 month youth membership to Queensland Writers Centre.

Visit slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on/awards for the entry form and conditions, and to read past winning stories.

Entries close at 5pm on Friday 30 September.

The 2016 Young Writers Award is presented by State Library of Queensland with support from Queensland Writers Centre.

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Shahedah Sabdia, SLQ Communications
3842 9084 | communications@slq.qld.gov.au

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