Entries are now open for the 2017 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. It 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.
Prize winners will also receive a $500 cash prize 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 be invited to participate in an exclusive creative writing workshop with one of Australia’s best authors, and also to meet with John Marsden.
Judged by John Marsden, alongside representatives from Hachette Australia and Express Media, the prize will be announced and presented at a special event at the 2017 Melbourne Writers Festival on Thursday 31 August 2017.
Entries for the John Marsden & Hatchette Prize for Young Writers close on Friday 30 June.