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Youth Awards in Literature

Now in its 30th year the Mosman Youth Awards in Literature is an annual prose and poetry competition which attracts budding poets, playwrights and authors from primary and secondary schools across the state, all of whom compete for a share in the $2,000 prize pool.

The annual contest is run by Mosman Library Service, with prizes sponsored by Lions Club of Mosman, Rotary Club of Mosman, Northern Beaches & Mosman College, Oracle Books Mosman and Constant Reader Bookshop.

Entries for 2022 are open and close at 11.30pm on Tuesday 31 May 2022. All entries are to be submitted online.

Winners will be announced at a presentation ceremony in Barry O’Keefe Library on Wednesday 31 August 2022 at 6.30pm.

General Information

Students are invited to submit a piece of prose and/or poetry from the Categories below:

Prose
Senior – Years 10, 11, 12
1st Prize — $350
2nd Prize — $150
Highly Commended – $100

Junior – Years 7, 8, 9
1st Prize — $200
2nd Prize — $100
Highly Commended – $75

Primary – Years K–6
1st Prize — $100
2nd Prize — $75
Highly Commended- $50

Poetry
Senior – Years 10, 11, 12
1st Prize — $250
2nd Prize — $150
Highly Commended – $75

Junior – Years 7, 8, 9
1st Prize — $150
2nd Prize — $100
Highly Commended – $50

The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Enquiries to Mosman Library Service 9978 4091.

Conditions of Entry

NOTE: Mosman Library Service reserves the right NOT to submit to the judges any entries which do not comply with ALL the rules.

  • ENTRY FORM and DECLARATION OF ENTRANT (either A or B) must be completed and signed by ENTRANT and PARENT/GUARDIAN, NOT teacher, if under 18 years of age.
  • Finalists may be asked to submit another piece of writing and will be given two weeks notice of this.
  • Entrants are advised to keep a copy of their work.
  • Mosman Library Service is authorised to display any entries and to publish all or part of an entry.
  • Class writing assignments on the same subject will not be accepted.
  • Do not put your name on your work. Your name should only be on the entry form.

Submission Rules

Prose

  • All entries are to be submitted online. No hard copy entries will be accepted.
  • Entrants will submit ONE piece of original PROSE of not more than 1,000 words on a theme of the writer‘s own choice
  • Your entry must be typed with double spacing on A4 white paper, leaving a 3cm margin on the left side of the page

Poetry

  • All entries are to be submitted online. No hard copy entries will be accepted.
  • Entrants will submit ONE piece of original POETRY of at least 20 lines on a theme of the writer‘s own choice
  • Your entry must be typed on A4 white paper leaving a 3cm margin on the left side of the page

Previous Winning Entries

Last updated Tuesday 1 March 2022
Last updated Tuesday 1 March 2022