19 September 2023

Hachette Australia Prize Shortlist 2023

We are thrilled to announce the shortlisted writers for this year’s Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry categories!

Express Media has been proud to present this prize yet again in 2023, in partnership with Hachette Australia, to showcase excellence in creative writing amongst secondary school aged students around the country.

This unique developmental award will offer the shortlisted entrants an exclusive Q&A session with prize mentor and author Pip Harry, as well as a writing masterclass and book packs of YA titles courtesy of Hachette Australia. The winner of each category – to be announced on 1st Oct at the National Young Writers Festival (NYWF) – will receive a $500 cash prize, publication of their work on the Express Media website, and their names acknowledges in Voiceworks, Australia’s premier youth literary journal.

This year, the prize received 307 entries. The shortlisted winners are:


Senseless by Iluka de Visser (QLD)
Wilting and Blooming by Grace Barnes (VIC)
Sierra’s First Flight by Naomi Walkom (WA)
Love with Nowhere to Go by Olive Baker (TAS)
Paper Plates by Grace Sweet (QLD)


Aftermath of ‘Dear Mum and Dad’ by Micah Santos (WA)
Relaxed is the New Uncomfortable by Varaidzo Marunda (TAS)
On Wednesdays, We Degrade Asian Women by Jennifer Lee (NSW)
Fragmented Reflections: South AsianAustralian Identity by Abhinav Ravi (NSW)
Pocketbook by Asher Miller (NSW)


Girlfish by Fig RussonJorgensen (VIC)
Two Hours, 36 Minutes by Lotus DasHyland (VIC)
Haze by Layla Natsis (VIC)
The Prologue of My Childhood by Jasmine Cullen (WA)
i live on broken rock by Ryan Chen (NSW)

The calibre of submissions this year was extremely high, so we offer our congratulations to each shortlisted winner for their excellent writing skills.