Young Writers Award 2020 judges

Carody Culver is senior editor at Griffith Review. Her writing has appeared in Kill Your Darlings, The Lifted Brow, Junkee, Peppermint, Archer, The Toast and elsewhere. 

Meleika Gesa-Fatafehi

Meleika Gesa-Fatafehi aka Vika Mana (she/they) is a proud disabled Torres Strait Islander and Tongan storyteller/rapper who, on occasion, says something funny. They're also a film and literature critic who loves decolonising spaces online and in real life.


Emily O'Grady (Chair) is a writer from Brisbane. In 2018 her debut novel, The Yellow House, won the Australian/Vogel's Literary Award, and in 2019 and was a recipient of a Queensland Writers Fellowship. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Queensland University of Technology.

Khalid Warsame is a writer, editor, and arts worker who lives in Melbourne. His work has appeared in numerous publications. Khalid was formerly an editor at Folk Magazine, fiction editor for The Lifted Brow, directed the National Young Writers Festival, and was a creative producer at Footscray Community Arts Centre. His work has been anthologised in New Australian Fiction 2019 (KYD), Growing Up African in Australia (Black Inc.), Best of the Lifted Brow: Volume Two (Brow Books), and After Australia (Affirm Press). You can find links to his most recently published fiction and essays at