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Tim Winton Award for Young Writers

Calling all young writers

The City of Subiaco is proud to coordinate the annual Tim Winton Award for Young Writers. The award encourages imagination and innovation, and provides a great opportunity to develop creative writing skills.

Entries will open for the 2015 award in April 2015.

About the award

All school students aged between five and eighteen years in Western Australia were encouraged to put pen to paper and submit an original piece of writing of no more than 2000 words.

Entries were written in prose and was the original work of the entrant.

The city would like to acknowledge the generous support of award patron Tim Winton and valued sponsors Janet Holmes à Court AC, Barking Gecko Theatre Company, Kool Kreative, One20 Productions, DymocksThe Lane Bookshop and Child Education Services .

2014 award finalists and highly commended selections

The 2014 award is now closed and the judges have selected the highly commended and finalists works.

Congratulations to the finalists and the highly commended young writers for 2014. The winning entries will be available online and on display for reading in Subiaco Library from Monday 18 August to Sunday 14 September.

Lower primary category (years one and two)

First place - Kaelen Flendt, Hillside Christian College
Second place - Abigail Marra, Mel Maria Catholic Primary School
Third place - Sophie Anderson, High Wycombe Primary

Read the lower primary finalists' entries (PDF, 20KB).

Middle primary category (years three and four)

First place and overall winner - Harriet Keenan, Karrinyup Primary School
Second place - Lauren Winship, St Columba's South Perth
Third place - Adriel Human, Meekatharra School of the Air
Third place - Bevan Webster, Medina Primary School

Read the middle primary finalists' entries (PDF, 39KB).

Upper primary category (years five and six)

First place - Celine Ng, Santa Maria College
Second place - Evelyn Eleni Carapetis, Methodist Ladies College
Third place - Alicia Butt, Goomalling Primary School

Read the upper primary finalists' entries (PDF, 29KB).

Lower secondary category (years seven, eight and nine)

First place - Amelia Hurst, St Mary's Anglican Girls School
First place - Anna Babriecki, Kapinara Primary School
Second place - Ping Yap, Presbyterian Ladies College
Third place - Caitlin Orchard-Cook, Denmark High School

Read the lower secondary finalists' entries (PDF, 66KB).

Upper secondary category (years ten, eleven and twelve)

First place - Emily Wilson, St Hilda's Anglican Girls School
Second place - Phoebe Pin, Carey Baptist College
Third place - Ella Fox-Martens, St Hilda's Anglican Girls School

Read the upper secondary finalists' entries (PDF, 44KB).

Thank you everyone who entered the 2014 Tim Winton Award for Young Writers.

Download a certificate of participation (PDF, 790KB).

For more information, contact the City of Subiaco on 9237 9300 or library@subiaco.wa.gov.au

Previous winners

The quality ofentries inthe awardhas been recognised by the publication of three compilation books:

  • Destination Unknown (Fremantle Press, 2001)
  • Life Bytes (Fremantle Press, 2002)
  • Hatched (Fremantle Press, 2013).

Read the 2013 winning entries (PDF, 388KB).


nullNew book Hatched: Celebrating twenty years of the Tim Winton Award for Young Writers features the overall winning story from each year of the award from 1993 to 2012.

It features cover art by Shaun Tan and showcases the talent and range of young Western Australian Writers.

Junior Bookseller + Publisher said: ‘The calibre and diversity of the writing is mind-blowing – many of the stories are so accomplished I often forget they were penned by children.’

Award patron Tim Winton said: ‘It’s a great pleasure to see young people exercising their storytelling instincts. During the twenty years in which the award has been given in my name I’ve had the privilege of witnessing this stubborn, lovely impulse as it lives on in a new generation. Whether they’re writing feverish fantasy or gritty realism these young writers are coming to terms with their language and their lives, using stories to shape or unpack what they know and what they fear and what they hope for.’

Hatched can be purchased from leading booksellers and Fremantle Press.

About Tim Winton

Tim was born in Western Australia, where he still resides, and is the author of over twenty-five books, including novels, short stories, non-fiction and books for children. Tim decided he wanted to be a writer at the age of ten. Today a world-class author, he is a fine example and inspiration for all young writers.

Four times winner of the Miles Franklin Award and twice shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Tim’s work continues to be critically admired and loved by readers around the world. Many of his best-loved stories, including Cloudstreet, The Riders, Dirt Music and Lockie Leonard, have been adapted for film, television, radio and theatre. Tim Winton's most recent work includes novel Eyrie, and Hatched: Celebrating twenty years of the Tim Winton Award for Young Writers, which features cover art by Shaun Tan and showcases the talent of the overall winning stories from 1993 to 2012.

Tim has a passion for theatre and debuted as a playwright in 2011. In 2013 the Black Swan State Theatre Company performed his third play, Shrine.