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Tim Winton Award for Young Writers

Tim-Winton-Award-poster-web-(1).jpgThe City of Subiaco proudly presents the 25th annual Tim Winton Award for Young Writers. This creative writing award is open to Western Australian school students and encourages imagination, innovation and creativity. Download the 2017 award poster

Congratulations to all students who entered the 2017 award. You can download your participation certificate here.

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Award results

Congratulations to the 1435 young authors who entered stories in this year's award. Seventeen young finalists were recognised for their excellence at an award ceremony at Subiaco Library with Tim Winton. Below are the results for each category, and copies of the award-winning stories from lower primary to upper secondary. Congratulations to this year's winner of the Tim Winton Award for Outstanding Achievement, Fourteen year old Josianne Belyea. 


Read the award-winning stories

To read a copy of the finalists' stories visit Subiaco Library from 21 August to 17 September, or download the stories online:

Tim Winton Award for Outstanding Achievement

Josianne Belyea

The Girl in the Dusty Jeans

St Hildas ASG


Lower primary category: school years one and two

Gabriella Beatson
Katrina Robinson

Liza Bose

Two Worlds and One Chest
The Bad Ladybug and the Carnivorous 
Caterpillar take over the world!

Freshwater Bay Primary School
Marmion Primary School

Hammond Park Primary School



Middle primary category: school years three and four

Paula Krause
Finn Bradfield
Zara O'Dea
Audrey Pettinicchio 

Yusef's Oddesy
The Tests and Trials of a Tiger
The Life of Art

Blue Gum Montessori School
Hilton Primary School
Freshwater Bay Primary School
Whitford Catholic Primary School 


Upper primary category: school years five and six

Isabella Crean
Lara Beckett
Leah Duxbury

Something Borrowed, Something New
The Life of a Tree
Pirate's New Necklace

Sacred Heart School Mundaring
Floreat Park Primary School
Kelmscott Primary


Lower secondary: school years seven, eight, nine

Josianne Belyea
Tigerlily Plater
Luke Koller

The Girl in the Dusty Jeans
I Never Left
Cove House

St Hildas ASG
Denmark Senior High School
Carine Senior High School


Upper secondary: school years ten, eleven, twelve

Sonya Frossine
Juanita Hardwick 
Ella Grassi
Ping Yap

Sweet, Rotten Talk
The Railers

Presbyterian Ladies' College
Eastern Hills Senior High School
Servite College
Presbyterian Ladies College


Highly Commended 

Congratulations to the following highly commended entrants. Entrants will receive a certificate of achievement in the post.  

Lower primary 

Matthew Alvarez (Kapinara Primary), Jewel Grosse (St Thomas' Primary), Isabella Ho (Nedlands Primary), Millicent Howe (Parkfield Primary), Aila Lewis (Frederick Irwin Anglican), Addisyn Starkeyn (Frederick Irwin Anglican), Gabriella Syme (Freshwater Bay Primary), Milla Tan (Kapinara Primary School).

Middle Primary

Tengis Addy (Maylands Peninsula Primary), Heath Arbuckle (Scotch College), Thomas Ballintijn (Oberthur Primary School), Elliane Barnett (Carey Baptist College), Thomas Beatson (Freshwater Bay Primary), Ruby Bell (PLC), Grace Bennett (Perth College), Jing Quan Chong (Oberthur Primary School), Ella Christensen (Frederick Irwin Anglican ), Dante Crean (Sacred Heart School), Holly Cucel (Dunsborough Primary), Sofia Dolfi (Karrinyup Primary), Anoushka Gupta (Victoria Park), Jesse Inall (Pannawonica Primary), Spike Jacobs (Frederick Irwin Anglican), Morgane Johnson (Homeschooled), Stella Lewis (Frederick Irwin Anglican), Bethan Lockwood Jones (St Stephen's Carramar), Iris Miller (Golden Hill Steiner School), Phoebe Murdoch (Floreat Park Primary School), Debbie Phan (Victoria Park Primary), Amy Ungvari (Oberthur Primary School), Zachary Wong (Oberthur Primary School).

Upper primary

Alice Archer (South Perth Primary), Jason Baker (Inglewood Primary), Jessica Bruining (St Paul's Primary), Estelle Celesti-Crosby (Blue Gum Montessori), Josiah Chong (Lake Monger Primary), Ayla Cochrane (Bertram Primary), Molly Cummins (Dalkeith Primary), Hannah Ellison (Swanbourne Primary), Sophie Engdahl (Kapinara Primary), Kent Feurstein (Freshwater Bay Primary), Stella Freeman (Perth College), Destiny Geary-Dodsley (
Yale Primary School), Imogen Giumelli (Perth College), Lucy Gray (Esperance Primary School), Kadie Hancock (Waggrakine Primary School), Sarah Harris (St Mary's), Fiona Hoegl (South Perth Primary), Amelie Hopper (The Beehive Montessori), Toby Jensen (Leaning Tree Community School), Molly Knight (Duncraig Primary School), Lauren Korzec (Glengarry Primary School), Sienna Lee (Frederick Irwin Anglican), Mia Lowe (All Saints College), Lalani McLeod (Walkaway Primary School), Chloe Maddigan (Mandurah Baptist College), Roisin O'Neil (St Jerome's Primary School), Aliyah Parekh (Aranmore Catholic Primary), Isla Parker (Wembley Primary School), Sarah Patroni (Victoria Park Primary), Jaelen Pipe (Assumption Catholic College), Isabelle Rawlins (Freshwater Bay Primary School), Lucinda Singh (Perth College), Cade Sladen (Dalkeith Primary School), Zoe Stewart (Beehive Montessori School), Thomas Summers (Glengarry Primary School), Dylan Tafti (Dalkeith Primary School), Jasper Tuckwell (Dalkeith Primary School). 

Lower secondary 

Katie Batchelor (Butler College), Ella Hagon (St Hilda's ASG), Kiran McLernon (Perth Modern School), Celine Ng (Methodist Ladies College), Angelique Preau (St Hilda's ASG).

Upper secondary 

Eva Cocks (Santa Maria College), Madeleine Grech (Mercedes College), Daniel Ling (Christ Church Grammar School), Lucy McGinn (Willetton Senior High School), Jasmine Saunders (Peter Moyes Anglican Community School), Lewis Weeda (Scotch College). 

Terms and conditions of entry

Entry requirements
The Tim Winton Award is open to Western Australian school students in years one to twelve. Stories submitted must be an original piece of prose writing, no more than 2000 words in length. Entries must be the sole work of the entrant and is limited to one entry per person. 

Please note: due to the high number of entries received for this award each year, stories cannot be returned. Please ensure you keep a copy of your entry.

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 are 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. 

Public use of entries
By entering this award you acknowledge that your entry 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 and published on the city’s website. The title of the entry and author’s name will always be acknowledged with the entry when it is used. 

Prizes are donated from the City of Subiaco and award sponsors and are presented to the top three entries in each category. The Tim Winton Award for Outstanding Achievement will be awarded to the best overall story across all categories. Winning stories will be on display for one month at Subiaco Library and published online.

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

Frequently asked questions
For further award information, download the frequently asked questions (PDF 539KB) document.

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:

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

nullHatched: 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.

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.

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