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Young Writers Award past winners

Since 1998, the Young Writers Award has recognised and celebrated a diversity of young and exciting Queensland voices. The competition helps young authors launch their literary careers, with many winners and finalists going on to publish books and win major national prizes

Previous winners and runners up

Past winners

'Dog House' by Grace Hammond - published by Griffith Review.

'Feed it to the dog' by Ash Shirvington

'Feed it to the dog' by Ash Shirvington

'Feed it to the dog' by Ash Shirvington - first runner up 2023 Young Writers Award

PDF · 182 KB

'Candles' by Svetlana Sterlin

'Propagation' by Constance Allan

Once/Now by Callum Brockett, published by Griffith Review

Back Burning by Ellie Kaddatz

‘Back Burning’ by Ellie Kaddatz

‘Back Burning’ by Ellie Kaddatz First runner-up 2022 Young Writers Award

PDF · 548 KB

Six by Sasha Vucicevic

The Sea Behind My Eyelids by Maxwell Freedman

Sun Queens by Ellen Vickerman, published by Griffith Review

Friday by Zarin Nuzhat

Friday by Zarin Nuzhat – first runner up 2021 Young Writers Award

PDF · 108 KB

Precious Cargo by Ellie Kaddatz

Halcyon by Eden Annesley

Unit K13 by Ellen Vickerman, published by Griffith Review

Dogs by Thomas Alan

Dogs by Thomas Alan, Runner up in 2020 Young Writers Award

PDF · 204 KB

Bunya Pine by Callum Brockett

This is not a happy story by Emily Humphreys

Paper Lands by Winner Tristan Hurree, published by Griffith Review

Teacups by Runner up Zarin Nuzhat

Teacups by Zarin Nuzhat

PDF · 133 KB

Everyone Will Be There

18-25 Winner Ellen Wengert

PDF · 445 KB

Red Gum

18-25 runner up Chloe Mark

PDF · 439 KB

These Broken Souls of Ours

15-17 winner Helen Yesberg

PDF · 419 KB

Little Firefly

15-17 runner up Kiarni Burton

PDF · 573 KB

Every Idea I Had For My Australian Short Story Collection

18-15 winner Jonathan O'Brien

PDF · 139 KB

Mango Chutney

18-25 runner up Zarin Nuzhat

PDF · 152 KB

We Cut Strings

15-17 winner Gina Song

PDF · 317 KB

The Lucky Country

15-17 runner up Jesse Hyden

PDF · 140 KB

An Overflow of Dust

18-25 winner Tee Indawongse

PDF · 120 KB


18-25 runner up Chloë Reeson

PDF · 216 KB


15-17 winner Anne Chen

PDF · 191 KB

Bitter Melon

15-17 runner up Bella Zhong

PDF · 206 KB


18-25 winner Grace McCarter

PDF · 235 KB

January Days

18-25 runner up Faith Mudge

PDF · 99 KB

The Washing of Iniquity

15-17 winner Rosie McCrossin

PDF · 91 KB

Cher Pere

15-17 runner up Clara Harin Lee

PDF · 164 KB

Zen Master

Winner Michael Day

PDF · 176 KB


Runner up Lucinda Bopf

PDF · 165 KB


Winner Kahli Scott

PDF · 155 KB

On the Mend

Runner up Nabila Ahmed

PDF · 204 KB


Winner Rebecca Jessen

PDF · 83 KB

The Minutes Turn to Ours

Runner up Shastra Deo

PDF · 68 KB

Freedom Mangoes

Winner Daniel Foskey

PDF · 46 KB


Encouragement award Deanna Antoniolli

PDF · 40 KB

The road to the river

Winner Sarah Boothroyd

PDF · 172 KB

Hobbe's Samoyed Acquisition

Encouragement award Helen Brake

PDF · 179 KB

The lunar coast

Winner Megan McGrath

PDF · 184 KB

What Sort of Heroine

Encouragement award Liam O'Brien

PDF · 178 KB

The Life of Brian (or lack thereof)

Winner Maree Spratt

PDF · 144 KB

My Mechanical Heart

Encouragement Award Kathleen Noud

PDF · 121 KB

The Broom Closet

Winner Joel Glazebrook

PDF · 131 KB

Fuel for Loneliness

Encouragement Award Megan McGrath

PDF · 127 KB

Thoughts while night travelling

Winner James Halford

PDF · 136 KB

Simon Says

Encouragement Award Benjamin Law

PDF · 147 KB

Nom de guerre

Winner Christopher Boulton

PDF · 124 KB

A glass jar filled

Encouragement Award Chloe Evans

PDF · 116 KB


Winner Talim Arab

PDF · 138 KB

Only Dogs and I

Encouragement Award Christopher Boulton

PDF · 137 KB

When I was Rising and Falling in the Sea

Winner Chris Somerville

PDF · 127 KB

Swallow the Air

Encouragement Award Tara June Winch

PDF · 111 KB

Sometimes Scary

Winner Rachel Rutter

PDF · 112 KB

The Quiet Death of the Day

Encouragement Award Chris Currie

PDF · 127 KB


Winner Alasdair Duncan

PDF · 103 KB

The Mango Tree

Encouragement Award Romy Ash

PDF · 117 KB

Motorbike Man

Winner Rhianna Boyle

PDF · 122 KB

St Nick

Runner up Luise Hoffmann

PDF · 138 KB

Eight Parts of Anka

Winner Rebekah Scott

PDF · 132 KB

Deep Waters Seek Order

Runner up Carmen Leigh Keates

PDF · 120 KB

The Contemplators

Winner Christopher John Boulton

PDF · 125 KB


Runner up Maureen Donahoe

PDF · 133 KB

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.