SLQ Young Writers Award

Congratulations to the 2016 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 2016, we received over 300 entries. We are pleased to announce the results of the 2016 Awards.

Congratulations to:

Writers aged 18-25
Winner
Tee Indawongse for An Overflow of Dust
Prize: $2000 and youth membership to Queensland Writers Centre.

Runner up
Chloe Reeson for Falls
Prize: $500 and youth membership to Queensland Writers Centre.

Highly commended

  • Nothing Gold Can Stay by Thomas FitzGerald
  • The Salt Skin by Fletcher Quilty
  • Sugar City by Akanksha Singh
  • Runaway by Sophie Walter

All highly commended authors receive a youth membership to Queensland Writers Centre.

Writers aged 15-17 
Winner
Anne Chen for Oblivion
Prizes include Apple iPad Air 2 and youth membership to Queensland Writers Centre.

Runner up
Bella Zhong for Bitter Melon
Prizes include Kindle Paperwhite NextGen and youth membership to Queensland Writers Centre.

Highly commended

  • The Bear on the Shelf by Sophie Austin
  • Strange Place This by Grace Barker
  • Street Faces by Jasmine Elliott
  • $29.50 and a half-empty bottle of gin by Gina Song

All highly commended authors receive a youth membership to Queensland Writers Centre.

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

About the competition

There are two categories in the annual Young Writers Award.

  • 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 the winner and one runner up, along with four highly commended entries.

Details for the 2017 Awards including prizes and how to submit will be announced mid-2017.

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 3842 9486
Email: readingwriting@slq.qld.gov.au

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

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