Young Creatives Awards

Inner West Library and History is seeking talented illustrators and writers for the 2018 Young Creatives Awards.

The two awards, Young Writer and Young Illustrator, are open to inner west students and residents aged 12-18 years.

The awards celebrate local talent and provide the opportunity for young people to hone their creative skills in a competitive environment, and have their work publicly displayed.

There are $500 cash prizes for the winners and $250 prizes for the runners up in each category. In addition, the winning works will be on display at Leichhardt Library exhibition space throughout June.


The judges are all experts in their creative fields. Award-winning Australian authors Hilary Bell, Sophie Hardcastle, Luke Carman, and arts and books writer for Sydney Morning Herald Linda Morris, will judge the Writer’s Award.

Sydney-based illustrators Antonia Pesenti and Cate James will review the Young Illustrator Award.

Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne will present the prizes at an awards ceremony at St Peters Library, where winners will have the opportunity to present and discuss their work.

How to enter

Using the vast Inner West Council library collection as a starting point, entrants are required to choose any work from the current collection as inspiration – whether a book, e-resource or an audio visual resource.

Writers are required to produce approximately 1,000 words based on their chosen work and illustrators are to provide four illustrations.

Entrants are given free rein in how they interpret their chosen work. For example, entrants can write a review, continue the story, or chose a key point in the story to elaborate on.

Key dates

Awards open for submissions: Monday 19 February 2018 until 5pm Friday 27 April 2018

Awards ceremony and winners presentations: Tuesday 19 June 2018 at St Peters Library.

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Page last updated: 27 Jul 2018