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.

2021 Awards

In 2021 entrants were asked to 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. 

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

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.

Youth librarian’s picks writing – Highly commended entries

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

Winning art entries

  • Winner 12 to 15 years: Isabel Carrig - Homage to Basquiat 
  • Winner 16 to 18 years: Yesha Young - Girl on The Bus
  • Winner 19 to 24 years: Tilda Clarke - Stitched Memory

Runner up art entries 

  • Runner Up 12 to 15 years: Scarlett Simoneau - Alderman Cat
  • Runner Up 16 to 18 years: Valentina Guarna - Decommissioned Past
  • Runner Up 19 to 24 years: Hillary Shephard - WEIßRUSSLAND

Youth librarian’s picks art – Highly commended entries

  • James Nguyen - Daily Life
  • Oliver Whitehouse - Afloat
  • Mia Economou - Forest Bathing

Gallery of winning and runner up art entries

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Meet the 2021 Young Creatives 

2021 Judges

Art award presentation video

Writing award presentation video

Writing entries shortlist

12 to 15 year category

16 to 18 year category

19 to 24 category

Art entries shortlist

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2020 Awards

Winner Augustine Blue print - 715

Our 2020 awards closed on 31 July and 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! 

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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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Page last updated: 01 Oct 2021