Young Writers Award

Shortlist announced soon!  

Thanks to all the young Queensland writers who sent us their short stories. Thanks to our marvellous judges for their time and expertise. 

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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. 

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.