Young Creatives Awards


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

Young Illustrator Award Entry Form

* 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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