Young creatives awards

The Young Creatives Awards competition provides young people aged between 12 to 24 who study, work or live in the Inner West Council area the opportunity to hone their creative skills in a competitive environment and to have their work seen and published. There are two streams in the competition, writing and art.

Young Creatives Awards 2021

The Young Creatives Awards are now open for entries for 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 their creative skills in a competitive environment and to have their work seen and published.

There's never been a better time to get creative

With triple the entries of previous years, the standard of work also exceeded all expectations last year. Amongst the winners were design graduates, high school students, art students, and budding young writers- one of whom topped the state in HSC English 2 and caught the interest of a literary agent.

The exhibition of winner and runners-up art and writing was shown at Leichhardt Library. A digital presentation of the winners, runners-up and judges’ statements was also created for the first time in 2020, extending the audience and raising the calibre of the competition through feedback from the incredible judges. View the 2020 digital presentation here.

How to enter

Writing Awards

Submit a piece of writing (1000 words), either a short story, a fan fiction, poetry, review or a piece of prose responding to an item from the Inner west Libraries collection.

Art Awards

Submit a photo of an artwork, (drawing, painting, photography, collage, sculpture) or a digital piece- inspired by or responding to an item from the Inner West Libraries collection.

The art and writing pieces must reference any item from the Inner West Library and History collection. This includes print, CD, DVD, books, magazines as well as every item in our digital collection which encompasses newspapers, magazines, DVDs, audiobooks and digital books and our local history online archives.

View our full collection here
Our local history archives can also be found here (accessed by the right-hand toolbar)

Judges

The Judges are all high profile, award winning Inner West local artists and writers.

  • Judges in the writing awards for 2021 are Nadia Wheatley and Ursula Dubosarsky.
  • Judges for the art awards 2021 are painter and drawer Carmel Byrnes and photographer Adrian Cook.

Enter your submissions here

Entries open 1 April 2021.

Categories and prizes

Young Writers Award and Young Artists Award

Open to:

  • Ages 12-15
  • Ages 16-18
  • Ages 19-24

Prizes:

  • First prize for each age group in each category: $500 cash
  • Runner-up prize: $250 cash

Closing date for submissions

31 July 2021

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Winner Augustine Blue print - 715

2020 Awards

Our 2020 awards closed on 31 July and our award winners have now been announced. We had over 150 entries.

First prize winners received $500 and runners up $250.

The judging panel: Ursula Dubosarsky and Nadia Wheatley for the writing and Dub Leffler and Ronojoy Ghosh for art.

Entrants were asked to submit a piece of writing (1000 words), either a review, a fan fiction, poetry or a piece of prose responding to an item from the Inner west Council Libraries collection or an artwork inspired by or in response to a resource in the Library.

Congratulations to all the winners and runners up and thank you to everyone who took part. 

Winning writing entries

Note: All of the following entries are works of fiction.

Runner up writing entries

Note: All of the following entries are works of fiction.

Winning art entries

  • Winner 12 to 15 years: Oliver Whitehouse -Around the Corner
  • Winner 16 to 18 years: Mia Economou - Cooks River
  • Winner 19 to 24 years: Augustine Flett - Blueprint

Runner up art entries 

  • Runner Up 12 to 15 years: Suenna Jeong -Ashitakas and the Kodamas
  • Runner Up 16 to 18 years; Leo Lorents -Anarchy in Gotham
  • Runner Up 19 to 24 years: Bridget Staal - How to do nothing domestic

Gallery of winning and runner up art entries

Click on the image thumbnails to scroll through the gallery. 

Meet the winners, runner ups and judges! 

Click on the image thumbs to enlarge and for details. 

Video presentation

Watch our video and hear what the judges and recipients had to say about the 2020 Young Creatives program. 

Writing entry short list

12 to 15 year category

16 to 18 year category

19 to 24 category 

Art entry short list

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