Young Writers Award

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

Prizes include $2,000 for the winner, $500 for the runner 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. 

The 2019 competition will open for entries in mid-2019.


How to enter

Find out how to enter the competition.


Past winners

Read stories by past winners from 1998 to now. 

Young writers award winners 2018

2018 winners

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