State Library of Queensland Young Writers Award

Today isn’t just the day we kick off the NYWM website, it’s also the day entries open for the State Library of Queensland Young Writers Award. With a top prize of $2,000 and a heap of exposure to boot there is no excuse not to submit your own piece of original writing if you are […]

Tim Winton Award for Young Writers

Before National Young Writers’ Month even manages to kick off there is one fantastic opportunity heading your way if you reside in Western Australia. The Tim Winton Award for Young Writers is open to students aged 5-18 who reside in WA. Check out the website for more details. Entries close on May 27, so get […]

Scissors Paper Pen in June

For the Canberra-based writers, there is a pretty sweet gig heading your way. Scissors Paper Pen will be joining with Amnesty International to present At Arms Length on June 29 at the ANU Food Co-op. Check out the Upcoming page on the SPP website for details closer to the date.

Emerging Writers’ Festival

Excited about National Young Writers’ Month kicking off soon? So are we. But even before the craziness of NYWM descends upon us, you can get your writing whistle whet at the Emerging Writers’ Festival, which runs from May 24 to June 3.That’s under a week away! For those of you too far away to make […]

SMH Young Writer Award

Entries are now open for the Sydney Morning Herald Young Writers Award 2012. Submissions of 700-1,000 words from students in high schools from years 10-12 are accepted, with this year’s Young Writer Trigger of flight. Check out the website for guidelines, hints and tips. Entries close June 18, 2012.

2011 Express Media Awards Winners

Announcing the winners of the 2011 Express Media Awards Congratulations to the 2011 winners and finalists in each of the categories below. To see a video recording of the awards event, please click here. To read a free ebook featuring the winners of the competitions and publication categories below, please click here. Photos from the event are available on our Facebook page. Winner and […]

Growth of Perfection – Sharon Du

Growth of Perfection by Sharon Du (13) The first buds, awkward little calluses on The stringy branch, whispering winter Leaves rustle around them in quiet applause Gradually, they swell and bulge, their shell Breaking, straining around them Until they reveal technicolour Bright pink pigments, soft layers Sleeping bag spilling, unfurling Crystal dew studding pastel, pristine […]

Yasi at her finest – Rachel Harries

Yasi at her finest by Rachel Harries (17)     White ghosts in uniform Propel the washing line. The echo of Yasi’s wrath Whispers with some divine Gentleness that only the trees Can capture. A tinkling wind chime Long forgotten in branches Of a young child’s plaything. The slow breathing crunches Almost autumn leaves, Softening […]

Clouds – Hannah Walker

Clouds by Hannah Walker (17) Pistachio green cardigans invite seated contemplation. Spread out on the grass, the colours clashing like infant siblings. Sitting down gently, the cold of the ground seeps up through my clothes. Sitting, perfectly arranged, so that arms and body form a triangle with the ground. Sitting, breathing, wondering. Leaning, until I’m […]

He folded his belongings in the tangerine sunset – Meryl Perez

He folded his belongings in the tangerine sunset by Meryl Perez (20) My grandfather had fat calluses on his fingers and toes. His hands flexed into a skeleton of veins that were verdigris on his brass skin. He would wake up before the sun could tan the streets and would split the bursting seam of […]