Young Writers Award

2020 Young Writers Award – entries are closed 

Judging is underway!

We will announce the shortlist in August, and the winner in September. Please follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates, or contact us via email at

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


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

The Young Writers Award is an annual short story competition for Queensland residents aged 18–25 for stories up to 2,500 words. 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, Megan McGrath, Chris Somerville, Ellen Wengert, and Tara June Winch. 

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.