6 June 2023

Announcing the 2023 Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers

Express Media is thrilled to announce that we are partnering again this year with Hachette Australia to present the Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers!

This developmental award – open to secondary school students aged 12-18 – recognises writing excellence in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry categories. It aims to ignite a passion for creative writing in young Australians, offering resources to help them pursue writing and publishing opportunities beyond the classroom.

This year’s Ambassador to the prize, Pip Harry, will offer mentorship to shortlisted entrants, and says she’s excited to champion the work of young creatives.

“I’m so excited and honoured to be this year’s ambassador for the Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers, administered by Express Media, Australia’s peak youth literary organisation. One of my favourite parts of being an author is encouraging young people to explore different styles of writing and find their unique voices on the page. I’m looking forward to discovering a new crop of emerging writers from the talented scribes that enter their work into this prize. Be brave – submit!”

The prize winner in each category will receive:

$500 courtesy of Hachette Australia

Publication of their work on the Express Media website

Their names and an acknowledgement printed in Voiceworks, Australia’s premier youth literary journal.

All fifteen shortlisted writers will:

Be invited to participate in a writing masterclass

Attend an exclusive Q&A with Pip Harry

Receive a book pack of YA titles courtesy of Hachette Australia.


Entries are now open until 11:59PM AEST Sunday 6th August