How to enter the Young Writers Award

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

Entries for the 2019 Young Writers Award are now open

Win $2,500 for first prize.
Up to two runners up receive $500.
Up to four Highly Commended writers will receive Queensland Writers Centre membership. 

How to enter

  • Read the Guidelines and Conditions of Entry to make sure you are eligible to enter
  • Write a short story of up to 2,500 words
  • Format your story using the story template
  • Make sure your name doesn't appear anywhere on the story
  • Submit your entry online during the entry period.

There is no entry fee for the Young Writers Award.

Entries close 30 June, 5pm.

Enter now

Since 1998, the Young Writers Award has recognised and celebrated a diversity of young and exciting Queensland voices. The competition helps young authors launch their literary careers, with many winners and finalists going on to publish books and win major national prizes.

Tips for writing a great short story

  • Focus on one idea
  • Get to know your characters and what they want — this will help drive the plot
  • Start close to the action to hook the reader
  • Use language that comes naturally to you
  • Most importantly, have confidence and write the story you want to tell

If you have any questions about the Young Writers Award, please contact the Reading and Writing team at State Library of Queensland on 07 3840 7415 or email

Discover more

You can learn more about short stories and the craft of creative writing.

Audience at the Young Writers award ceremony

Contact the Queensland Writers Centre to develop your skills and improve your craft.

Past winners of the Young Writers Award

See past recipients and winning stories.