The Young Writers’ Award recognises and encourages the writing talents of Australian children by providing them the opportunity to have their stories published and distributed in Australia. The award can be entered by individuals, or by schools as part of their writing programs.
Writing competitions and awards give writers the opportunity to show their talent, hone their skills and engage in the broader writing community. These awards can assist in growing your resume and improve employment opportunities and many will have significant cash or other valuable prizes.
Writing awards and competitions will generally target a specific subgroup, whether this is based on topic, gender, age or other community group – the opportunities are endless.
Young writer awards and competitions in particular help students engage in improving their reading and writing skills, which has lead to schools and teaching staff actively promoting entering into these programs.
The Young Writers’ Award comprises two categories with up to five young authors shortlisted in each category. Each shortlisted entry will receive a $150 Book Club voucher and Certificate of Achievement. The winner of each category will receive a $250 Book Club voucher and winning entry from each category will be published as hard copy book and in e-book format. Entries are open to children in the 9 to 13 age group.
Winners will have their books proofread and edited as required, illustrated and published. All stories must be the original work of the child. Assistance with seeding of ideas, story structure and final proofing may be provided by a mentor.
Entries may form part of a school’s writing and literacy program. Additional resources will be provided including a toolbox of ideas to assist children, parents and teachers in sparking creativity and promoting the writing process. Schools can obtain more information, request book marks to provide to their students, posters and more by contacting the Young Writers’ Award directly via the contact form.
Entries will be judged by an experienced panel based on the Award criteria.