Young Creatives Awards


Congratulations to the winners and participants of the Young Creatives Awards 2018

Using the vast Inner West Council library collection as a starting point, entrants were required to choose any work from the current collection as inspiration – whether a book, e-resource or an audio visual resource – and then given free rein in how they interpret their chosen work.

Writers were required to produce approximately 1,000 words based on their chosen work and illustrators were to provide four illustrations. They could submit reviews, continue the story, or choose a key point in the story on which to elaborate.

Illustrators were asked to draw key moments from a Library resource such as a book or DVD.

The judges were drawn from experts in their creative fields. The winners will be presented $500 cash prizes and runners up $250.

Young Writer Award for ages 12-15 years

Winner: Aoife Brazil - St Scholasticas college
Runner up: Isabella Evangelista - Fort Street High School

Young Writer Award for ages 16-18 years

Winner: Moss Johnston - Fort Street High School
Runner up: Niamh Brazil - SCEGGS Darlinghurst

Young Illustrator Award for ages 12-15 years

Winner: James Lambert - Sydney Grammar School
Runner Up: Leo Lorents - Sydney Secondary College Balmain Campus

Young Illustrator Award for ages 16-18

Winner: Isabella Aguilar - Tempe High

Awards ceremony

St Peters/Sydenham Library
Tuesday, 19 June 2018, 4pm

Everyone is welcome to attend.

All illustration entries, the writing award winners and runner up will be on exhibition at Leichhardt Library from Friday, 1 to Friday, 29 June 2018.


2018 Young Creatives Awards Competition

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

The Inner West Library and History collection is home to a boundless selection of books, magazines, DVDs, CDs, graphic novels and newspapers.  Using any work from the current collection writers and illustrators are asked to create something new and original. 

To enter the awards you must study or live in the inner west and be a member of any inner west council library*. Visit your local library and become a member or sign up online here. We recommend becoming a member before you submit your entry.


Submit a piece of writing that is approx. 1000 words (+/- 10%). It can be a review, a continuation of a story or a piece of prose which responds to an item from the collection. Poetry is not accepted.

Open to ages 12-15 (Years 7-9) and 16-18 (Years 10-12).


Submit four illustrations that reflect key moments or events from your chosen item from the collection.  The illustrations can be in any medium, for example a drawing in pencil, ink or a digital piece but must be submitted digitally as a jpeg as A3.

Open to ages 12-15 years (Years 7-9) and 16-18 years (Years 10-12).


First prize for each age group in each category: $500 cash prize

Runner up prize for each age group in each category: $250 cash prize

Winning work will be displayed at Leichhardt Library throughout June 2018.

Guidelines for entries

Submissions close on Friday 27 April 2018 at 5pm. 
Entries must be inspired by a work from the current Inner West Library and History collection*.
Writers can submit approx.1000 words on their chosen work.
Illustrators can submit four A3 illustrations.
Please ensure that you read the terms and conditions.  They list the Awards criteria and how your work may be used once submitted.
If you have any questions email

Young Writer Award Entry Form (Entries closed)

Young Illustrator Award Entry Form (Entries closed)

* Inner West Libraries are located at Ashfield, Balmain, Dulwich Hill, Haberfield, Leichhardt, Marrickville, Stanmore, St Peters.

Inner West Library and History terms and conditions (PDF 119.2KB)


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