Young Writers Award

About the award

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

Prizes include $2,500 for the winner, $500 for runners up and membership of Queensland Writers Centre for highly commended writers.

The Young Writers Award has a 20-year legacy of celebrating and showcasing emerging Queensland voices.

Many winners and runners up have gone on to publish books and achieve national and international literary success. 

Entries for the 2019 competition are open now.

Young writers at the Young Writers awards

Find out how to enter the competition.


Read stories by past winners from 1998 to now. 

Young writers award winners 2018

Congratulations to the 2018 winners, runners-up and highly commended writers.