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The 2021 Young Writers' Competition is open

The spark of a match, the sparkle of a diamond, waving a sparkler, the ocean sparkling at sunrise… what will spark inspiration for your story?

The Northern Beaches Young Writers' Competition 2021 is now open!

Write an original story using any derivation of this year's theme word 'spark' for a chance to be published as an author in a library eBook with cash prizes. 

The competition is open to students up to and including year 12 who live or go to school on the Northern Beaches and are members of the Northern Beaches Library Service. 

How to Enter

Complete the online entry form and attach your story as a Word document. If your story is hand-written, then a clear, readable photo or scanned PDF can be submitted. 

Not a member of the library? Don't worry, we will use this form to create a membership for you. Just mark 'no' under the library member field in the online form. If you are a member and unsure of your library card number, just mark 'yes' in the library member field in the online form and we will find your library membership number. 

About the competition

The Young Writers' Competition is an annual competition open to students up to and including year 12 who live or go to school on the Northern Beaches and are members of the Northern Beaches Council Library Service. Students are invited to write an original story using the featured theme word for a chance to be published as an author in an eBook.

Entries are judged according to characterisation, originality, plot and use of language and arranged into six different age group categories.

Four finalists are chosen in each age category and invited to a presentation night where a winner, runner-up and two highly commended prizes are awarded. Finalists from each category will have their stories published in an eBook that will be added to our collection. 

Past winning stories

Want some inspiration? Check out the winning entries from previous competitions.

    Young Writers' Competition 2020

    View a list of the finalists and read the winning stories published in the eBook, 'Splash'.

    Young Writers' Competition 2019

    View a list of the finalists and read the winning stories published in the eBook, 'Wild'.

    Young Writers' Competition 2018

    View a list of the finalists and read the winning stories published in the eBook, 'Tiny Door'.