Submissions open: 21 May to 21 August 2024

Winners announced: 
Art and Writing Awards- 14 November
Film Awards - 16 November

About the awards

Open to ages 12-24.

Categories: Writing, art and film. 

Total cash prize pool: $8400.  

New for 2024 is the People's Choice Awards.

The search is on for talented young creatives.
If you are aged 12-24 and live, work or study in the Inner West you can submit your work in the following categories:

- Writing
Visual art

Each category has three awards based on age: 12-15, 16-18 and 19-24.

Get your work seen

If you are seriously talented these awards give valuable exposure, and you can hone your skills in a competitive environment. Opportunities for previous winners include roles hosting youth workshops for Inner West Library and commissions for marketing campaigns for Inner West Council.  

2024 Prizes
  • Total prize pool is $8400.
    Winner of each age group and category: $500
    Runner up of each age group and category: $250.
    Librarians Choice for each age group and category: $100
    People's Choice Award for each age group and category: $250
  • Finalists' artwork in public exhibition at Chrissie Cotter Gallery and Leichhardt Library.
  • Finalists' film screening night at Marrickville Pavilion and Haberfield Library.
  • Finalists' written works printed in anthology catalogue.
  • Content producer roles for Young Creatives Take Over festival program in 2025.

How to enter

Choose an item in our library collection (digital, print, audio or DVD) and create your own work using this item as inspiration.  Search our collection here.
  • Writers: Submit a piece of writing which can be a short story, poetry, a fan fiction or a piece of prose that is 1000 words. Enter here.
  • Artists: Submit a photo of an artwork which can be a painting, drawing, sculpture, textile piece or still digital work. Enter here.
  • Filmmakers: Submit a MP4 file of a moving image digital work, animation, narrative film or music video between 2 and 7 minutes in duration. Enter here.

Submit your entry using the correct link above. You can enter more than one work.

Entries open until 5pm on 21 August. 

Terms and conditions (DOCX 39KB)
Terms and conditions (PDF 165.5KB)

Event and program timeline 

  • Entries open 21 May to 21 August.
  • Winners announced: Art and Writing Awards- 14 November, Film Awards - 16 November
  • Finalists' art exhibition: Chrissie Cotter Gallery - 15 to 24 November
  • Live Reading: Chrissie Chrissie Cotter Gallery - 22 November
  • Film screening: Marrickville Library and Pavilion - 23 November

See previous winners of the Young Creatives Awards.

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