City of Subiaco - Tim Winton Award
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Tim Winton Award for Young Writers

The City of Subiaco presents the twenty ninth annual Tim Winton Award for Young Writers. This creative writing award is open to Western Australian school students and encourages imagination, innovation and creativity. 

Entries for the Tim Winton Awards open at 9.30am on Monday 19 July. To enter, register and submit your story online before 5.30pm on Friday 13 August. 

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Award Information 

Important dates 

Entries open Monday 19 July, 9.30am
Entries close Friday 13 August, 5.30pm
Finalists announced Mid-September 
Exhibition 4 October to 31 October 



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.
Entries may be accepted from individuals or from teachers on behalf of their students. Entry is limited to one per person. 


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. 

How to enter

The online entry form will be available from 9.30am on Monday 19 July. All entries must be registered online and stories submitted either online, or to Subiaco Library. Entries close at 5.30pm on Friday 13 August. 

To submit your story electronically, upload your entry at the time of registration. To submit a physical copy of your story, print and attached your registration confirmation, and submit with your story to Subiaco Library or via post to:

Tim Winton Award

City of Subiaco

PO Box 270


All submissions must be received by 5.30pm on Friday 13 August. Late entries cannot be accepted. 

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.

Terms and conditions of entry

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.

About Tim Winton

Tim-Winton-head-shot-(1).jpgTim was born in Western Australia, where he still resides, and is the author of over twenty-nine 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.

Most of his novels have been adapted for stage and screen, and the movie version of his number one bestseller Breath, directed by Simon Baker, was recently released in 2018. Listed as a Living Treasure by the National Trust, Tim has long been active in the environmental and social justice spaces. 

Tim's latest novel, The Shepherd's Hut was released in March of last year.

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