Young Writers Award 2021 judges

Julie Koh is the author of Capital Misfits and Portable Curiosities. The latter was shortlisted for several awards and led to Julie being named a 2017 Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist. Her short stories have been published widely, including in the Best Australian Stories and Best Australian Comedy Writing.

Jack Vening is a writer of short fiction from Canberra whose work has been published widely in Australia and abroad, most recently in New Australian Fiction 2020

Carody Culver is senior editor at Griffith Review and a freelance writerHer work has appeared in PeppermintBooks+PublishingKill Your Darlings, Junkee 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.