The Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers

Special Event

The Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers

Sun 04 Oct , 6.00pm – 7.30pm Closed Captions

The National Young Writers Festival, on behalf of Hachette Australia and Express Media, is excited to present the prize announcement for the Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers as part of our Younger Young Writers Program.

The Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers is a developmental award which was open this year to Australian secondary school-aged students across the country. The Prize aims to ignite passion for creative writing and poetry in the minds of Australia’s secondary school students, and to encourage them to pursue writing and publishing opportunities inside and outside of the classroom. It recognises writing excellence in three categories: Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction and Poetry.

In this final event for the Younger Young Writers Stream, join author and prize mentor Will Kostakis as we showcase the 15 shortlisted submissions, and announce the 2020 winner!

** Full Readings of shortlisted work will be available online this week as we release each category.


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