Creative Writing Contests Australia

Congratulations to the winners of The West Australian's 2013 Young Writers' Contest. View sample entries now.

Established in 1976, The West Australian's Young Writers' Contest is the state's longest-running creative writing contest for WA students.

Students were invited to submit one poem and/or prose, to a maximum of 1500 words, on any topic(s) of their choice.

Cash prizes were awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners in each age group in the poetry and the prose sections. Selected entries (or extracts of) were also published in a special ED! Magazine Young Writers' edition in Term Three.

Due to the volume of entries, we are unable to acknowledge each entrant individually. However, we collectively thank all participating students, teachers and parents for contributing to the success of this year's contest in which we were able to recognise and reward so many talented young WA writers.

Though the majority of entrants do not reach the finalist stage, it is hoped that participation in the contest has been a motivating and rewarding experience.


A selection of extracts from winning entries were published in ED! Magazine's Young Writers' edition on Tuesday, September 10.


2012 YOUNG WRITER OF THE YEAR- for best student writer of the year
♦ Holly Jian, St Hilda's Anglican School

2013 ALEX SOLOSY PRIZE- for encouragement
♦ Joshua Dunne, Hale School

2013 SYD DONOVAN MEMORIAL PRIZE- for the best overall primary school
♦ Methodist Ladies' College

2013 ERIC CARLIN AWARD - for the best overall secondary school

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