SLQ Young Writers Award

The 2017 SLQ Young Writers Award has now closed.  Thank you to all who entered. The winners will be announced at the Young Writers Conference on Sat 25 November.

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

Take your story further with the Young Writers Conference

The winners of the 2017 Young Writers Award will be announced on Saturday 25 November at the inaugural Young Writers Conference. Join us at SLQ for a full day of hands-on writing workshops and industry seminars led by young writers and publishing professionals -- designed for other young aspiring authors.

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.

To promote the Young Writers Award with your networks, you can download and print this free poster  (PDF 1.9 MB) to display in your school or office.

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

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