Entries are now open for the 2018 John Marsden & Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers, a developmental award open exclusively to Australian secondary school students across the nation.
The prize recognises excellence in three creative writing categories: fiction, nonfiction and poetry.
The Prize is named after and supported by international best-selling author John Marsden, sponsored by Hachette Australia and administered by Express Media, Australia’s peak youth literary organisation.
The John Marsden & Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers gives young creative writers the opportunity to hone their skills under the guidance of some of Australia’s favourite authors. The Prize aims to ignite passion for creative writing in the minds of Australia’s secondary school students and to encourage them to pursue writing and publishing opportunities inside and outside of the classroom.
Rose Forest, winner of the prize in 2017, Fiction category says, “It’s a wonderful experience [… ] the process of creating a story that you love is always one that is worthwhile.”
Prize winners will receive $500 and a book pack of YA titles, courtesy of Hachette Australia, publication of their work on the Express Media website plus their names and an acknowledgement printed in Voiceworks, Australia’s premier youth literary journal. Fifteen shortlisted writers will also be invited to participate in a writing masterclass, and later have the chance to meet and chat with John Marsden himself.
The prize will be announced and presented at a special event at the 2018 Melbourne Writers Festival on Thursday August 30, 2018.
The prize is judged by John Marsden, alongside representatives from Hachette Australia and Express Media.
Entries close at 11:59pm on Friday June 29, 2018. For more information or to submit your entry, visit the website.