Moorabool Young Writers Awards 2022

Grey and White Door - Submissions close 29 April 2022

Moorabool Shire Libraries and local writers Jem Tyley-Miller and Wayne Marshall are proud to announce the fifth annual Moorabool Young Writers’ Awards. This years theme is the "Door", who or what is behind the door is only limited by your imagination!. 

These awards aim to promote a love of writing in the shire, and will recognise the finest young writers in the district. The competition will be open from March 14th to April 29th with winners announced on June 4 at an afternoon tea held in conjunction with the Peter Carey Short Story Award. (Covid dependent)

Stories will be judged in the following categories and are open to all those who meet the age requirements, AND who work, live, or study in Moorabool Shire.

Who is the 2022 MYWA Judge?

In 2022 entries will be judged by Bacchus Marsh’s own Allyse Near, author of Fairytales for Wilde Girls. Allyse’s debut novel won Best Horror and Best Young Adult Novel at the Aurealis Awards, and Honour Book of the Year at the CBCA Awards. Allyse was also shortlisted for the Norma K Hemming and Inky Awards.

Categories:

1.     Early Years Primary Awards (Must be in Grades Prep, 1 or 2)

Complete the picture prompt. Draw a picture of the character you meet behind the door, or write a short description of who your character is.

Yellow Door: Moorabool Young Writers Awards 2022(PDF, 868KB)

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3 lucky winners (selected at random by Library staff) will win a book pack for themselves and a book pack for their classroom. (including 1 x CBCA 2022 book week nominee book) (Valued at approximately $50 each)


Both a winner and a runner-up will be awarded in each of the following categories:

2.     Middle Primary Awards (Grade 3 and 4)

Short Stories up to 1000 words

Winner:      $100                         Runner-up: $50

3.     Upper Primary Awards (Grades 5 and 6)

Short Stories up to 1000 words

Winner:     $100                         Runner-up: $50 

4.     Lower Secondary Awards (Years 7 to 9)

Short Stories up to 3000 words

Winner: $150     Runner-up: $75

5.     Upper Secondary Awards (Years 10 to 12, or under 18)

Short Stories up to 3000 words

Winner: $200     Runner-up: $100

All winning stories will be displayed in the Lerderderg Library in Bacchus Marsh. Submissions close on Friday April 29th at 11:59 and will be accepted in person at Ballan Library, Lerderderg Library, the Rural Library Van or online via the Moorabool Shire Council website. Entries must be typed and will be judged blind, so please, no names on your work—just be sure to attach the entry form given below.  Each child may enter one story and entry is free. Please see Terms & Conditions for further details or address queries to yourlibrary@moorabool.vic.gov.au .

Good luck. Get writing and we can’t wait to read your stories.

—Jem Tyley-Miller and Wayne Marshall in partnership with Moorabool Shire Libraries

Moorabool Young Writers’ Awards 2022 Terms and Conditions:

  1. Early Years Primary Awards must be in Grades Prep, 1 or 2 and complete the picture prompt.
  2. Middle Primary, Upper Primary, Lower Secondary and Upper Secondary applicants must use the/a “Door” somewhere in their story. They may write about the/a “Door”  as little or as much as they like.
  3. Middle Primary applicants must be in Grade 3 or 4 and enter a story of no more than 1000 words.
  4. Upper Primary applicants must be in Grade 5 or 6 and enter a story of no more than 1000 words.
  5. Lower Secondary applicants must be between in Years 7 to 9 years of age and enter a story of no more than 3000 words.
  6. Upper Secondary applicants must be between in Years 10 to 12 years of age and enter a story of no more than 3000 words.
  7. Please type your entry.
  8. Entries must be submitted in person at Ballan Library, Lerderderg Library, the Rural Library Van or online via the Moorabool Shire Council website by 11.59PM on April 29 2022.
  9. Applications will be judged anonymously. Please do not include your name on your story. It should be on the cover page only.
  10. Parents or guardians must consent to their child entering the competition.
  11. Entries will be independently judged. The judge’s decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. The judge reserves the right to allocate additional prizes.
  12. Winning stories will be displayed in the library.
  13. Entry is free.
  14. Each child may enter one story only.
  15. Moorabool Shire Libraries are unable to accept entries or notify entrants that do not follow entry guidelines.

Entries have now closed.