Entries are now open for the State Library of Queensland’s annual Young Writers Award, with the winner of the popular short story competition being awarded with $2000 prize money. For more than 20 years the competition has helped launch the literary careers of the next generation of  Queensland writers. Minister for the Arts Leeanna Enoch says that investing in young writers is a priority for the Queensland Government.

“This competition has a solid history of identifying and nurturing talent, linking young writers to professional networks and publishing opportunities,” she said. “The impressive list of past winners and finalists from, Rebecca Jessen and Christopher Currie to Shastra Deo and Tara June Winch, demonstrates the quality of writing produced by young people in Queensland.”

The competition is now open to Queensland residents aged 15 to 25 years and is divided into two categories – 15 to 17 years and 18 to 25 years. The winner of the 18 to 25 years category will receive $2000 prize money, and the winner of the 15 to 17 years category will receive $500 prize money. Runners up and highly commended entrants are awarded prize money, book packs, Queensland Writers Centre membership and a complimentary ticket to the Young Writers Conference at the State Library of Queensland.

State Librarian and CEO Vicki Mcdonald said, “the annual competition not only provides recognition for talented young Queensland writers, but also helps writers find their voice and launch their literary careers. “With over 300 entrants last year, the State Library hopes the competition will continue to encourage connection and expression through creative writing and story across Queensland.”

Entries for the Young Writers Award close 5pm on Friday 30 April, with the winners announced at the Young Writers Conference at State Library in July.

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