SLQ Young Writers Award

Congratulations to the 2018 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 2018 we received over 216 entries. We are pleased to announce the results of the 2018 Award.
Congratulations to:

Writers aged 18-25
Winner: Ellen Wengert for Everyone Will Be There
Prize: $2,000

Runner up: Chloe Mark for Red Gum
Prize: $500

Highly Commended
Salt of the Earth by Ryan Delaney
Last Hope by Gavin Gao
Sufia's Moon by Ramisa  Raya
To Whom Replaces Me by Samantha Zell

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

Writers aged 15-17
Winner:  Helen Yesberg
for These Broken Souls of Ours
Prize: $500

Runner up: Kiarni Burton for Little Firefly
Prize: $200

Highly Commended
Loaf Thy Enemy by Samuel Bergmark
Where the Coconuts Grow by Christiana Palella
A Loneliness That Fancies Solitude by Kayleigh Laine
Hope Among the Flames by Tara Phillips

The Winner, Runner up and Highly Commended authors all receive membership to Queensland Writers Centre and a ticket to attend the State Library 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 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, and up to four highly commended entries.

Details for the 2019 Young Writers Award including prizes and how to enter will be announced in early 2019.

Hints on writing a great short story

  • Focus on one idea.
  • Get to know your characters and what they want - this will help drive the plot.
  • Start close to the action to hook the reader.
  • Use language that comes naturally to you.  
    Most importantly, have confidence and write the story you want to tell.

For writing tips, visit Queensland Writers Centre.

Past winners

The YWA has a 20 year history of encouraging young Queensland writers. Past winners and runners up include authors Rebecca Jessen (Gap), Shastra Deo (The Agonist), Chris Somerville (We Are Not the Same Anymore), Tara June Winch (After the Carnage) and Christopher Currie (Clancy of the Undertow).

View all the previous winners and read past winning stories here.

More information

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

Young Writers Award is presented by the State Library of Queensland and supported by Queensland Writers Centre.

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