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How to enter the Young Writers Award

The Young Writers Award is an annual short story competition for Queensland residents aged 18–25

Young writers taking notes at the Young Writers Awards

Entries for the 2023 Young Writers Award are now closed.

Entries closed 5 pm AEST, Monday 15 May.

How to enter

The Young Writers Award is free to enter!

Tips for writing a great short story

  • Know the form by reading other short stories
  • 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

We can't wait to read your work!

Still have questions? Email the Reading, Writing & Ideas team at State Library of Queensland via

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You can learn more about short stories and the craft of creative writing.