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


Redgum Book Club’s fifth annual Young Writers’ Award shortlist showcases topics of diversity, spirituality and love of family from young Australian writers 9 to 13 years of age. A record number of entries mirrored concerns on contemporary issues and showcased the importance of providing children with an outlet to tackle issues through storytelling. Winners will have their books published and distributed within Australia by Redgum Book Club.
Young Writers Award judge Diane Evans, Head of Children’s Division, Big Sky Publishing, was overwhelmed by the diversity of topics, “It was particularly heartening to see the insightful and clever use of writing to share important messages around the environment, diversity and making the world a better place.  It is encouraging to see so many young writers who will no doubt continue on to do amazing things.” she said.
The Awards were created as a platform to develop the next generation of Australian writers, working with students to develop their skills. In 2020, 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 Friday 3rd April 2020.

The increase in entries from individuals, schools and organisations is a sure sign that the Young Writers’ Award is indeed helping children to find their unique voice through storytelling.



Children’s Short Story category -  
Jacob Blanch (10yrs), The Cursed Stone, Oakleigh State School, QLD
Cam Broughton (11yrs), Smoke, Trangie Central School, NSW
Faye Chen (9yrs), Space Adventure, KE Academy, NSW      
Tashia Daluwakgoda (12yrs), A Refugees Story Book, Berwick Lodge Primary, VIC
Emelia Greville (11yrs), Walters’ Melons, St Patricks Parish School, NSW
Ella Kwak (12yrs), Blue Moon, Brisbane Montessori, QLD
Jasmine Way (11yrs), Lizzy, Wyong Christian Community, NSW
Children’s Picture Book category -
Kate Nicholas Edgar (11yrs), Families, Traralgon South Primary School, VIC
Jessamine Lau (13yrs), Hiking with Nan, Waverley Christian College, VIC
Rochelle Baker & Summa-lee Myers (11yrs), Josh and Kede, Beenleigh State School, QLD
Natalie Barr (12yrs), Larry the Llama, Croydon Hills Primary School, VIC
Clare Wanandy (11yrs), Mitzy’s Adventure, St Mary’s College, TAS
Simonette Wijewardane (10yrs), Nature, Ethan North Primary, VIC
Amy Sellers (11yrs) The Fly, St Frances Xavier Primary School,  WA

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 3rd of April, 2020

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