Moorabool Young Writers Awards 2023


Young Writers in focus in 2023

A huge round of applause to the 688 daring students who entered the 2023 Moorabool Young Writers Awards and congratulations to the 27 award winners, announced by local author and judge Allyse Near at Lerderderg Library on Saturday 3 June.

Allyse was impressed by the originality, imagination, and quality of the submissions and had a difficult task of selecting the winners. Allyse's selections are as follows:

Early Years Primary

Prize Winner Lola Hendrix

Prize Winner Harper Harris

Prize Winner Jake from Bungaree PS

Prize Winner Freddie O’Donnell

Prize Winner Meeka Booth

Middle Primary Category

Winner: Photo Day by Evie Rose Jarrad

Runner Up: The scary photo by Scarlett Taylor Anderson

Third Place: The Photo by Grace Bonnici

Honourable Mention:

  • The photo by Chloe Beardsley
  • Camping by  Chloe from Bungaree PS

Encouragement award:

  • A missing photo and a camera by Areen Kaur
  • The photo by Kendall Matautia
  • The best birthday ever! By Jessica from Bungaree PS


Upper Primary Category

Winner: The Artist by Matilda Elizabeth Marshall

Runner Up: The case of the missing photographer by Ivy Elizabeth Tyley-Miller

Third Place: The big book of recovered files by Harrison Malcolm Dean

Honourable Mention:

  • The mystery by Amelie John
  • Emotions in a Knot by Makanaka Mukundi

Encouragement Award

  • The Majestics by Elise Victoria Holland
  • The Photo by Lexie from Darley PS
  • The wrong case by Blake Griffiths
  • The Picture by Mason Kick
  • The secret photo of nuclear labs by Liam Garth
  • The photo monster by Jye Altay


Youth Category

Winner: Planetary Disorder by Isaac Tyley-Miller

Runner Up: Captured Memories by Katelynne Nicholson

Third Place: Thylacine ? by  Freya Fox