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 2021 Young Writers Award are open!

Win $2,000 for first prize + publication in Griffith Review
Runners up win $500
Entries close 17 May

How to enter

  • Read the guidelines to make sure you're eligible 
  • Write a short story of up to 2,500 words (one entry per person)
  • Format your story using our tips
  • Make sure your name doesn't appear anywhere on the story
  • Submit your entry online during the entry period

The Young Writers Award is free to enter!

Tips for writing a great short story

  • Know the form by reading other short stories
  • 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

We can't wait to read your work!

Still have questions? Email the Reading, Writing & Ideas team at State Library of Queensland via

Discover more

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

Queensland Writers Centre

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

Past winning stories

See past recipients and winning stories.