How to enter the Young Writers Award

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

How to enter

  • Read the guidelines to make sure you are eligible to enter.
  • Write a short story of up to 2,500 words.
  • Format your story using the story template.
  • Make sure your name doesn't appear anywhere on the story.
  • Submit your entry online during the entry period. 

There is no entry fee for the Young Writers Award.

Full details and guidelines for the 2019 Young Writers Award will be available here when the competition opens.


  • First prize: $2,000 
  • Runner up: $500 

Tips for 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.

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

If you have any questions about the Young Writers Award, please contact the Reading and Writing team at State Library of Queensland on 07 3840 7415 or email