The annual Hinterland Times Young Writer of the Year Award is back for the fourth year running.

Prizes valued over $1000

Winner – $300, Montville Coffee one-on-one barista training session (valued at $235) and a book voucher from The Little Book Nook, Palmwoods.

Two Runners Up – $150 each, Montville Coffee one-on-one barista training session, and book vouchers from The Little Book Nook, Palmwoods.

All three stories will be published in the HT with the winner and two runners up on the front cover. There will also be five highly commended writers recognised.

Judging panel

The HT writers and editor choose stories in order of preference, and make the final decision based on the number of votes for each chosen piece. (Interestingly, every year most of the judges have had a different favourite.) No correspondence will be entered into regarding the votes.

Age range: 10- 17 years

Due to the differing age ranges, the overriding criteria is how descriptive and evocative a story is – essentially, how a piece made us feel, rather than the grammar and punctuation. 


You can share a real-life experience or create a story/scene with characters from your imagination. The word limit is 600 words (but we have accepted pieces running slightly over this).

Closing date: August 31 

The six chosen writers will be announced in the October editions of the Hinterland Times.

Finally, we believe awards can be helpful to galvanise and encourage people to step outside of their comfort zone and to put their work ‘out there’ – but they don’t label your worth as a writer if you don’t ‘win’. Creativity is personal and subjective, and another set of judges could choose completely different stories!

We really look forward to reading your ideas.

Please send submissions to: Please add name, age, contact details and story title on page 1, with story on page 2 onwards.

A big THANK YOU to our generous sponsors again this year: Montville Coffee, Western Avenue Floral Design and The Little Book Nook.

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