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Tim Winton Award for Young Writers

The City of Subiaco is proud to present the Tim Winton Award for Young Writers, which this year turns twenty-three. The award encourages creativity and imagination, and is a great opportunity for you to develop your writing skills.

All school students aged between five and eighteen years in Western Australia are encouraged to put pen to paper and submit an original piece of writing of no more than 2000 words for this award. Entries may be fiction or non-fiction, however all submissions should be written in prose and must be the original work of the entrant. Poetry and verse will not be accepted.

The Tim Winton Award for Young Writers has been launched for 2015.

Download the 2015 Tim Winton Award poster(PDF, 1MB)
Download the 2015 Tim Winton Award entry form (PDF, 2.3MB)

If you would like to receive the information direct, please contact Subiaco Library at library@subiaco.wa.gov.au

About the award

Judging and prizes

Entries are judged individually in the following categories:

Category A, Lower primary – school years one and two
Category B, Middle primary – school years three and four
Category C, Upper primary – school years five and six
Category D, Lower secondary – school years seven, eight and nine
Category E, Upper secondary – school years ten, eleven and twelve

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, entries will not be returned and photocopies of originals are encouraged, individual feedback cannot be provided.

The 2015 Tim Winton Award will be presented to the most outstanding entry and prizes from the City of Subiaco and sponsors will be presented to the top three entries in each category at a presentation ceremony at Subiaco Library in September. All finalists' stories will be exhibited in Subiaco Library for the month of September and available to read on this website.

Finalists who live outside the Perth metropolitan area will receive travel assistance to attend. Finalists will be contacted individually, or through their teacher by email and published on the city’s website.

The city would like to acknowledge the generous support of award patron Tim Winton and valued sponsors Janet Holmes à Court AC, Kool KreativeOne20 ProductionsDymocksThe Lane Bookshop and New Edition Bookshop.

How to enter

Entries open at 8.30am on Monday 27 April.

Entries may be submitted in person to 
Subiaco Library
237 Rokeby Road, Subiaco WA 6008
Phone: (08) 9237 9300


Subiaco Library is open seven days per week, please check the library's opening hours on the Subiaco Library page. Subiaco Library is closed on public holidays.

Entries can be mailed to: 
Tim Winton Award
City of Subiaco
PO Box 270
Subiaco WA 6904


Entries close at 5pm on Sunday 14 June.

For general enquiries, contact Subiaco Library on 9237 9300 or email library@subiaco.wa.gov.au

Competition information

Entry check list:

  • I am a Western Australian school student aged between five and eighteen years old.
  • My entry is solely my own work.
  • I edited my own work.
  • I have not copied my ideas from television, film or books.
  • I have only submitted one entry (as only one per person will be accepted).
  • My entry is no more than 2000 words.
  • My entry is prose.
  • My entry is not a picture book. 
  • My entry is handwritten or typed on plain A4 paper (if typed, to be typed by the child alone).
  • My entry is accompanied by a completed entry form. (Please attach a completed entry form to your entry by staple or clip. Do not glue the form to your entry)
  • My name is not written directly on my entry.

Information for teachers and parents

The following document includes information for school entries and tips from the judges.

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.

Entries are not retained and cannot be returned. The city accepts and encourages photocopies of the original work.

2015 award finalists

The finalists and highly commended authors in the 2015 Tim Winton Award for Young Writers will be announced in August.

Previous winners

Congratulations to the finalists and the highly commended young writers for 2014.

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).

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

Publications

The quality ofentries 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).

Hatched

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New 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.