Young Writers Award

Entries for the 2021 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.


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

The winning story will be published by Griffith Review.

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

Past winners and runners up include Shastra Deo, Rebecca Jessen, Benjamin Law, Megan McGrath, Chris Somerville, Ellen Wengert, and Tara June Winch. 

Entries close 17 May.  

The 2021 Young Writers Award is supported by Griffith Review and Queensland Writers Centre

How to enter

The Young Writers Award is free to enter! Use our online submission form.

2021 judges

Your work will be judged by an exceptional panel of authors and editors.

Past winners

Read stories by past winners from 1998 to now.