2018 Resource

From Left: Robert Watkins, Publisher at Hachette Australia, Maz Howard (Poetry), Rose Forrest (Fiction), Angela Chen (Nonfiction), John Marsden, Express Media Patron.

The following resource has been created by Express Media’s Schools Program producer, Rafael Ward, exclusively for this year’s John Marsden & Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers.

Click here for the 2018 TEACHER RESOURCE KIT

This teaching kit provides teachers with dynamic and generative exercises to take into the classroom and get students enthused about writing for submission. A range of example activities are included for each category and can be linked to the Australian curriculum.

Please note that submissions to the competition are not required to respond directly to the story starters. As with this activity kit, they are simply additional resources for students and teachers to spark the creative process.

To submit to the prize, or for more information head to


Entries must be submitted by 11.59pm Friday June 29, 2018