SLQ Young Writers Award
The 2016 Young Writers Award is now open.
Entries close Friday 30 September, 5pm.
Please read the conditions of entry, then submit your story via the online entry form, in Word or .RTF format only and using the YWA story template (DOCX 16.0 KB).
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 the winner and one runner up, along with four highly commended entries.
For writers aged 18-25:
- Winner: $2,000, QWC Youth Membership
- Runner up: $500, QWC Youth Membership
- Highly commended: QWC Youth Membership
For writers aged 15-17:
- Winner: Apple iPad Air 2, $100 iTunes gift voucher, Library Shop book pack, QWC Youth Membership
- Runner up: Kindle Paperwhite NextGen Wi-Fi + 3G 4GB, $50 Amazon gift voucher, Library Shop book pack, QWC Youth Membership
- Highly commended: Library Shop book pack, QWC Youth Membership
How to enter
Entries for the 2016 Young Writers Award open on Monday 1 August.
- Read the Conditions of entry.
- Format your story using the YWA story template (DOCX 16.0 KB).
- Enter your details in the online entry form and attach your story as a Word or .RTF document. Please do not send your story as a PDF.
- Entries close Friday 30 September, 5pm.
Congratulations to the 2015 winners:
Writers aged 18-25: winner Grace McCarter for Surface and runner up Faith Mudge for January Days
Writers aged 15-17: winner Rosie McCrossin for The Washing of Iniquity and runner up Clara Harin Lee for Cher Pere
Phone: 07 3842 9486
- Judges are looking for stories with distinct, diverse and interesting characters — get to know your characters first, and let the plot follow.
- Develop one idea. Think about the core of your story and write towards it.
- Relax and don’t try too hard. Use language that comes naturally to you rather than trying to impress with big words. 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.