Young Writers Award

Entries for the 2020 Young Writers Award are open!

The Young Writers Award is an annual short story competition for Queensland residents aged 18 to 25 for stories up to 2,500 words. Entry is free.


  • First place $2,000
  • Runners up $500  

The winning story will be published by Griffith Review. Winners and runners up will receive membership to Queensland Writers Centre.

Since 1998, the Young Writers Award has celebrated and showcased emerging Queensland voices.

Past winners and runners up include Romy Ash, Christopher Currie, Shastra Deo, James Halford, Rebecca Jessen, Benjamin Law, Chris Somerville, Ellen Wengert, and Tara June Winch. 

Entries close 15 May.  


Find out how to enter the competition.

State Librarian with winners holding their certificates

Read stories by past winners from 1998 to now. 

Close up of a Young Writers Award certificate

Congratulations to the 2019 winners, runners-up and highly commended writers.