Are you a young writer? Do you know someone who is? Our student writing awards celebrate the young creative voices of the Northern Rivers with cash prizes and publishing opportunities up for grabs. Time to get writing!
Susie Warrick Young Writers Award
In memory of Susie Warrick, this award celebrates the art of the short story and supports emerging young writers in furthering their career with a $500 cash prize for first place per category.
The Brief: Write an original short story up to 1000 words on any theme.
Prize Category 1: Year 10 to 12 students
Prize Category 2: Year 7 to 9 students
The Jesse Blackadder Prize
In memory of Jesse Blackadder, this prize celebrates creativity and imagination in Stage 3 writers with a $300 cash prize for first place.
The Brief: Write an original short story from 500 to 1000 words on any theme.
Prize Category: Year 5 to 6 students
Eligibility & Key Dates
Entrants of both competitions must live within the Byron Writers Festival footprint, from Taree in the south, Kyogle in the west and Tweed Heads in the north.
Prizes are generously sponsored by the Warrick Family, Hilarie Dunn and the Byron Writers Festival Jesse Blackadder Memorial Fund.
About Susie Warrick & Jesse Blackadder
Susie Warrick was a much loved staff member at the Northern Rivers Writers Centre (now Byron Writers Festival). The Susie Warrick Young Writers Award was established to honour her memory, celebrate the art of the short story, and to support emerging young writers in furthering their career.
The Jesse Blackadder Prize was created in 2020 in memory of Jesse Blackadder, much loved Board member, author and founder of Byron Writers Festival’s StoryBoard program.