The Young Writers’ Award is about encouraging a love of reading and writing and to inspire children to commit their thoughts and ideas to paper. Every child has a story and every story is worth telling.

About The Awards

The Young Writers’ Award, designed to discover the talent of children aged between 9 and 13 years of age. This award seeks to develop the writing skills of this particular age group and assist these children to find their unique voice through storytelling. Children are great storytellers; they can create entertaining stories, both written and oral, that with a little assistance can be turned into lively, imaginative and character-filled books for all to enjoy.


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 is designed for easy entry with no prescriptive theme or topic, and may be incorporated as part of a school’s writing program or pursued by individual children working with an adult mentor or alone.


The award can be entered by individuals, or by schools as part of their writing programs.


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Important Dates

‹Entries open:

Monday 15 July 2019


Entries close:

Monday 16 December 2019

Short list announced:

Monday 30 March 2020

Winner Announced

Friday 3 April 2020

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