Past winning stories
About the Young Writers Award
The Young Writers Award is a writing competition by State Library of Queensland for young Queensland residents. The Award has been running for over 20 years, and has profiled many young writers who have gone onto achieve literary success. The aim of the program is to encourage and profile emerging Queensland authors. Previously entries had been accepted from writers between the ages of 18 and 25, and in 2015 a new category was added for writers aged 15 – 17.
Winner The Life of Brian (or lack thereof) (PDF 141.0 KB) by Maree Spratt
Encouragement Award My Mechanical Heart (PDF 118.3 KB) by Kathleen Noud
Winner When I was Rising and Falling in the Sea (PDF 123.5 KB) by Chris Somerville
Encouragement Award Swallow the Air (PDF 108.7 KB) by Tara June Winch
Winner The Contemplators (PDF 122.2 KB) by Christopher John Boulton
Runner Up Grasshoppers (PDF 130.1 KB) by Maureen Donahoe
From 2001 to 2011 the Maureen Donahoe Encouragement Award was given in memory of the late Maureen Donahoe, a promising young writer who was the first runner up in the Young Writers Award 1998.