SLQ Young Writers Award

The 2017 SLQ Young Writers Award will open for entries on 1 July.

The competition

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

Prizes

For writers aged 18–25:

  • Winner: $2,000 prize money, Queensland Writers Centre membership
  • Runner up: $500 prize money, Queensland Writers Centre membership
  • Highly commended: Queensland Writers Centre membership
  • All winners receive a complimentary ticket to the Young Writers Conference at State Library of Queensland

For writers aged 15–17:

  • Winner: $500 prize money, Queensland Writers Centre membership
  • Runner up: $200 prize money, Queensland Writers Centre membership
  • Highly commended: Library Shop book pack, Queensland Writers Centre membership
  • All winners receive a complimentary ticket to the Young Writers Conference at State Library of Queensland

How to enter

Entries for the 2017 Young Writers Award open on Saturday 1 July, 9am.

Hints on writing a short story

  • Judges are looking for stories with distinct, diverse and interesting voices — get to know your characters first, who are they, what do they want? The plot will flow from what you and your characters are trying to achieve.
  • Develop one idea. Think about the core of your story and write towards it.
  • Relax and don’t try too hard to impress with big words. Use language that comes naturally to you.  Aim for clear writing rather than trying to be too clever.
  • Most importantly, have confidence in your writing and the story you want to tell.

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).

Congratulations to the 2016 winners!

Writers aged 18-25: winner Tee Indawongse for An Overflow of Dust and runner up Chloe Reeson for Falls.

Writers aged 15-17: winner Anne Chen for Oblivion and runner up Bella Zhong for Bitter Melon.

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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