SLQ Young Writers Award

Congratulations to the 2017 Winners, Runners Up and Highly Commended authors!

The Young Writers Award (YWA) is an annual short story competition for Queensland residents aged 15 to 25.

In 2017 we received over 320 entries. We are pleased to announce the results of the 2017 Award.
Congratulations to:

Writers aged 18-25
Winner
Jonathan O'Brien for Every Idea I Had For My Australian Literature Short Story Collection
Prize: $2,000

Runner Up
Zarin Nuzhat for Mango Chutney
Prize: $500

Highly Commended

  • how to: save the world by Eliza Copeland
  • Return by Grace McCarter
  • A Dance of Paper Cranes by Alison Utting

The Winner, Runner Up and Highly Commended authors all receive membership to Queensland Writers Centre and a ticket to attend the SLQ Young Writers Conference.

Writers aged 15-17
Winner
Gina Song for We Cut Strings
Prize: $500

Runner Up
Jesse Hyden for The Lucky Country
Prize: $200

Highly Commended

  • Tie A Knot by Daniel Scott
  • Anh Nhu by Jenny Nguyen
  • Mutiny on the Boundary by Campbell Glaves
  • Roses and Thorns by Kate Lockyer

The Winner, Runner Up and Highly Commended authors all receive membership to Queensland Writers Centre and a ticket to attend the SLQ Young Writers Conference.

Congratulations again to the winners, and thank you to all who entered the competition this year.

About the competition

There are two categories

  • Writers aged 18 - 25 (short stories up to 2,500 words)
  • Writers aged 15 - 17 (short stories up to 1,500 words)

For each category, the judging panel selects one winner and one runner up, along with four highly commended entries.

Details for the 2018 Young Writers Award including prizes and how to enter will be announced in early 2018.

Past winners

The YWA has a 20 year history of encouraging young Queensland writers. Past winners and runners up include authors Rebecca Jessen (Gap), Chris Somerville (We Are Not the Same Anymore), Benjamin Law (The Family Law), Tara June Winch (After the Carnage) and Romy Ash (Floundering).

View all the previous winners and read past winning stories

More information

Phone: 07 3840 7415
Email: readingwriting@slq.qld.gov.au

For more writing tips, visit Queensland Writers Centre or read some of the past winning stories.

Young Writers Award is presented by SLQ and supported by Queensland Writers Centre.

About the competition

There are two categories

  • Writers aged 18 - 25 (short stories up to 2,500 words)
  • Writers aged 15 - 17 (short stories up to 1,500 words)

For each category, the judging panel selects one winner and one runner up, along with four highly commended entries.

Details for the 2018 Young Writers Award including prizes and how to enter will be announced in early 2018.

Past winners

The YWA has a 20 year history of encouraging young Queensland writers. Past winners and runners up include authors Rebecca Jessen (Gap), Chris Somerville (We Are Not the Same Anymore), Benjamin Law (The Family Law), Tara June Winch (After the Carnage) and Romy Ash (Floundering).

View all the previous winners and read past winning stories

More information

Phone: 07 3840 7415
Email: readingwriting@slq.qld.gov.au

For more writing tips, visit Queensland Writers Centre or read some of the past winning stories.

Young Writers Award is presented by SLQ and supported by Queensland Writers Centre.

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