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Tim Winton Award for Young Writers

The City of Subiaco proudly presents the twenty-fourth annual Tim Winton Award for Young Writers. This prestigious award encourages creativity, originality and imagination, and is a great opportunity for young people to develop their creative writing skills.
 
All Western Australian school students aged between five and eighteen years are invited to enter. To find stay up to date with information about this award, join the e-newsletter.

About the Award

2016 important dates

The 2016 Tim Winton Award for Young Writers is coming soon. Be sure to check back in the new year for more detailed information on how to enter, award guidelines, tips from the judges and prize information. 

March

    

Award launch. Detailed information about the award and the online entry process

Monday 13 June

 

Entries open

Monday 4 July 

 

Entries close

September

 

Award ceremony

September to October

 

Finalist exhibtion

 

2016 online entry information 

We’re excited to announce a new online entry process so you can submit your entry from your bedroom, your classroom, the Kimberley or the Great South. The new online entry will be an easier and faster way to enter and will allow more students from across Western Australia to be part of this state-wide award.

The online entry will be available from this webpage in early 2016. To enter, you will need to complete the online entry and upload a copy of your story in Word document format (.doc). Stories submitted in the wrong format will not be accepted and will need to be resubmitted in the correct format.
 
Entrants are encouraged to type their own stories. If stories are typed by a teacher or parent on behalf of an entrant, a scanned copy of the original story must be uploaded along with the word document. 
 
Entries close on Monday 4 July at 5pm. For assistance with the online entry please contact Subiaco Library on 9237 9300 or library@subiaco.wa.gov.au. Don’t forget you can use the computers at Subiaco Library to complete your online entry or get assistance from our friendly library staff.

Competition information

Entry requirements
The award is open to all Western Australian school students aged between five and eighteen years. Stories submitted must be original and be the sole work of the entrant. Entries should be fiction, no more than 2000 words and be written in prose. Prose is the ordinary language that people use when they speak or write. It does not include poetry or verse.

Entrants must not include any personal identifying information on their submission such as name, age, gender or school. Entries may be accepted from individuals or teachers on behalf of student however entry in this award is limited to one per person.

Judging
Entries are judged individually in the following 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. The judges are looking for entries which use words to create imagery.
 
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. 

Prizes and award ceremony
Prizes from the City of Subiaco and award sponsors will be presented to the top three entries in each category. The 2016 Tim Winton Award for outstanding achievement will be presented to the best overall entry. These finalists will be acknowledged at an award ceremony held at Subiaco Library in September. Finalists who live outside the Perth Metropolitan area will receive travel assistance to attend the ceremony.

Finalists’ stories will also be displayed as part of the 2016 Tim Winton Award for Young Writers exhibition for one month at Subiaco library following the award ceremony.
 
The city would like to acknowledge the generous support of award patron Tim Winton and our valued sponsors Janet Holmes à Court AC, One20 ProductionsKool Kreative, The Lane bookshop and New Edition Bookshop.

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. 

Read the 2015 winning stories

Lower primary category (PDF 180KB)
Middle primary category (PDF 487KB)
Upper primary category (PDF 236KB)
Lower secondary category (PDF 306KB)
Upper secondary category (PDF 490KB)

nullAbout 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.

Publications

The quality of entries in the award has been recognised by the publication of three compilation books:

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

 Hatched

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.