Redgum Book Club announces the shortlist for the fourth annual Young Writers’ Award


A record number of students aged between nine and thirteen have entered the fourth annual Young Writers’ Award.  The opportunity to have their picture book or story book published nationally by Australian owned Redgum Book Club was certainly a driving force for our upcoming authors. Stories of mysticism, magical spirits and the love of family providing the foundation for many of the shortlisted titles.


YWA judge Allison Paterson was overwhelmed by the diversity of stories and the depth of talent displayed: ‘Every year I am constantly amazed by the breadth of topics and genres the entries cover.  Without a doubt we are now seeing children, young authors, delving into the themes of diversity, acceptance and environmental concerns – within both Picture Book and Short Story categories.


'The YWA Short Story category was compelling, with many young writers using the sci-fi or fairy tale genres to create stories of the broken and downtrodden triumphing over challenging situations or perceived evil. It’s always enlightening and sometimes just a little disconcerting to see how our young writers are viewing and managing contemporary issues. Their writing really does provide an outlet to ‘discuss’ these issues and concerns.' she said.


Redgum Book Club Young Writers’ Award provides a very real platform to develop the next generation of Australian writers.  Each year the Young Writers’ Award grows in the number of entries and schools participating –including private, state, distance education and home-school entries.  There are also more educators incorporating the award into their school’s writing programs. This is a sure sign that the Young Writers’ Award is indeed helping children to find their unique voice through storytelling.


In 2019, seven young authors have been shortlisted in both the Children’s Picture Book and the Children’s Short Story category – with the winners in each category to be announced on the 6th March 2019.


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Children’s Short Story category -  
Ella Baxter (10yrs)                  The Legend of the Silver Serpent         Billanook Primary School, VIC

Joel Daly (13yrs)                     The Eagles Feather                           Waverley Christian College, VIC

Anika Evans                            A Dingo with the Power of Silver        Winterfold Primary School, WA

Amelie Mueller (9yrs)               Crown Keeper                                  Emanuel School, NSW

Thanh Nguyen (10yrs)              Pirate Diaries                                   Harrison School, ACT

Jake Sullivan (10yrs)                 A Real Home                                   Our Lady Help of Christians School, QLD

Cameron Truong (13yrs)           The Blind Man's Flute                       Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School, VIC

Children’s Picture Book category -
Eleni Chapman (9yrs)                lying Donut                                    Riverlands Montessori, WA

Rani & Milla Jones (11yrs)         Night                                              Woodleigh School, VIC

Isabelle Martin (9yrs)                Anna's Treasure                               Victory Lutheran College, VIC

Piper Smith (12yrs)                   The Stormy Cloud                            Peter Carnley Anglican School, WA

Billy Waite (12yrs)                    Grandparents are GRANDparents       Our Lady of Perpetual Succour College, NSW

Jeremiah Wang (11yrs)             Father Weasel and his Family's adventure     Christchurch Grammar School, WA

Emma Zacaropoulos (13yrs)      The Abandoned Treehouse                Assisi Catholic College, QLD


The winner of each category will receive a $250 Redgum Book Club voucher and have their book published. The four shortlisted notable entries in each category will each receive a $150 Redgum Book Club voucher and Certificate of Achievement.
The Young Writers' Award category winners will be announced on the 6th of March 2019.

For more information on the awards