Young Creatives Awards 2020

Wednesday 15 April 2020

The Young Creatives Awards are now open to young people aged between 12 – 24, who study, work or live in the Inner West Council area.

The competition provides young people the opportunity to hone creative skills in a competitive environment and to have their work seen and published.

There are two streams:

Young Writers Award

A written piece of 1,000 words - whether a review, a fan fiction, a poem or a piece of prose.

Young Artists Award

An artwork, illustration or a sculpture submitted as a photograph or photographs. The piece should not exceed A3 in size.

Each award has three categories: (12 – 15 years), (16 -18 years) and (19-24 years).

The inspiration can come from any item in the Inner West Library collections including the digital collection which encompasses newspapers, magazines, DVDs, audiobooks and digital books and the local history online archives or the physical collection.

Judges will include local authors Ursula Dubosarsky and Nadia Wheatley, and illustrators Dub Leffler and Ronojoy Josh.

First prize for each age group in each category is $500 cash. The runner-up receives $250 cash.

Last year, James Nguyen took out the Young Artist Award (12-15). His acrylic painting was inspired by a graphic novel, Celeste by I.N.J Culbard.

“I have enjoyed art all my life and I felt an urge to participate the young creative awards to have fun, and to see what I am capable of,” he said.

For the full list of last year's winners, go to

Submissions close Friday 31 July 2020.

For more information, go to

For media enquiries, contact Elizabeth Heath, Media and Communications Coordinator, 9392 5334 or


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