SLQ Young Writers Award 2015

The competition

Entries have now closed. Winners will be announced in October.

The Young Writers Award is a short story competition (of 2,500 words or less), open to Queensland residents aged 15 to 25.

In 2015 there are two categories:

  • 18-25 year olds – for short stories of 2,500 words or fewer
  • 15-17 year olds – for short stories of 1,500 words or fewer

For each category, the judging panel selects the winner and runner up of the Young Writers Award 2015 and four highly commended entries.


For the 18-25 category, prizes include:

  • $2,000 to the Young Writers Award winner
  • $500 to the first runner-up recipient
  • 12 month youth membership to Queensland Writers Centre
  • 12 month membership to Australian Writers Marketplace online
  • Admission to a Queensland Writers Centre industry seminar
  • Brisbane Writers Festival prize pack.

For the 15-17 category, prizes include:

  • Apple iPad air 2 + $100 iTunes gift voucher to the Young Writers Award winner
  • Kindle Paperwhite NextGen + $50 Amazon gift voucher to the first runner-up recipient
  • 12 month youth membership to Queensland Writers Centre
  • Admission to a Story lab holiday workshop at State Library

More information

Hints on writing a short story

  • Be confident in your writing.
  • Relax and don’t try too hard. Use language that comes naturally to you and when you’re writing, try to let it flow.
  • Judges are looking for stories with distinctive and interesting characters and plots – get to know who your characters are and where your plot’s going first, and the language will follow.
  • They’re all good ideas, but don’t try to cram them all into one piece. Think about your core themes and characters and stick by them - your loyalty will pay off in the end.

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

2014 results


Congratulations to Michael Day, winner of the Young Writers Award 2014 for his story Zen Master!

The judges were impressed with Michael’s polished and well-rounded story which captures the vulnerability and awkwardness of the transition into adulthood.


The 2014 Runner-up and recipient of $500 is Lucinda Bopf for Fish, a memorable story full of originality and ambition.

Highly commended

The judges also recognised four highly commended entries for 2014:

Read the winning stories for 2014

Read past winning stories

Young Writers Award 2015 is supported by:

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