The Young Writers Award is an annual short story competition for Queensland residents aged 18 to 25 with 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.
State Library of Queensland is delighted to announce that this year’s winner is Tristan Hurree, 20, from Kedron.
“The winning stories stood out for their sense of authenticity. The voices were engaging and thoughtfully crafted, yet it was the vividly-drawn characters that rendered each piece successful. The character-based stories all interrogated the internal and emotional lives of their protagonists in unique and interesting ways, and each writer narrowed the scope of their fictional narrative with confidence, which allowed each piece to feel fully-realised. Though the stories – like many in the shortlist – tackled familiar themes and ideas, they all carried an emotional weight which was expressed in subtle, restrained, and surprising ways. These accomplished stories all reveal young and talented writers of great potential.”
Congratulations to Tristan, Zarin, Samuel and Holly! These four outstanding young writers will each receive a membership pack with Queensland Writers Centre.
Tristan's award-winning story is now published in Griffith Review.
Congratulations to the 2019 winner, runner-up and highly commended writers.
Meet the judges of the 2019 Young Writers Award.
Read stories by past winners from 1998 to now.