Tim Winton Award for Young Writers
The City of Subiaco proudly presents the annual Tim Winton Award for Young Writers as a great opportunity for young people to develop their creative writing skills. The award encourages creativity, imagination and originality. Congratulations to the 1500 young authors who entered this year's award. Download your participation certificate here.
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Read the 2016 winning stories
Congratulations to this year's award finalists. The city would like to acknowledge the generous support of award patron Tim Winton and our valued sponsors Janet Holmes à Court AC, One20 Productions, Kool Kreative, The Lane bookshop and New Edition Bookshop.
Competition terms and conditions
The award is open to Western Australian school students aged five to eighteen. Submissions must be an original piece of writing, no more than 2000 words in length and be the sole work of the entrant. Poetry or verse cannot be submitted.
The award is judged by a panel of local authors, educators and librarians. Entries are judged individually in the following school year categories:
Lower primary – school years one and two
Middle primary – school years three and four
Upper primary – school years five and six
Lower secondary – school years seven, eight and nine
Upper secondary – school years ten, eleven and twelve
This is a creative writing competition and entries will be judged on the originality of the themes, the development of the story and the quality (not quantity) of the writing.
Please note: due to the high number of entries received for this award each year, individual feedback cannot be provided. Entries cannot be returned so please ensure you keep a copy of your entry.
Public use of entries
Entries may be used in City of Subiaco publications and for future promotion of the award. Entries may also be displayed at Subiaco Library and other venues around the city. The title of the entry and author’s name will always be acknowledged with the entry when it is used.
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.
The quality of entries in the award has been recognised by the publication of three compilation books:
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.