South Perth Young Writers Award

The South Perth Young Writers Award encourages excellence in creative writing and is open to all students from Year one through to Year 12 who live in or attend school within the City of South Perth.

Each year the entries are judged by a panel of librarians, writers and children’s literature enthusiasts. Shortlisted entrants are invited to attend a writing workshop to develop their writing skills and to refine their submitted story which is then re-read before finalists are chosen.

Categories

There are five age categories for prose with the Christobel Mattingley Bronze Medallion awarded to the entry judged to be the most outstanding.

Entries will be judged in the following categories:

  • Lower Primary Years 1-2
  • Middle Primary Years 3-4
  • Upper Primary Years 5-6
  • Lower Secondary Years 7-9
  • Upper Secondary Years 10-12

How to enter

The South Perth Young Writers Award will open on 4 January 2022.

Entries will close midnight, Tuesday 26 April 2022. The date for the Awards Ceremony will be announced soon. 

Entries this year will only be accepted electronically via email. 

  • To submit an entry please download the editable PDF Entry Form (available from 4 January 2022)
  • Attach the entry form and your work and send via email to spywa@southperth.wa.gov.au
  • Emails must contain the subject: SPYWA 2022 – Name – Year Level 

Download the SPYWA 2022 entry form.

Conditions of entry

  • Entry is open to any school aged child residing or attending school in the City of South Perth 
  • Entries must be the entrants own original work (i.e. ideas should not be copied from television or
  •  books), nor should the entry be edited by another person 
  • Limit of one entry per child 
  • Entries must be prose only 
  • Entries may be of any length up to 1,500 words 
  • Entries can only be submitted electronically via email to spywa@southperth.wa.gov.au 
  • The email subject must contain the name and year level of the child 
  • Entries are not retained, and we regret that we cannot acknowledge receipt of individual entries 
  • The organisers reserve the right to publish any winning entries in whole or part thereof 

More information

For more information or contact South Perth Library on 9474 0800 or email us.

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2021 SPYWA Anthology

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Entries are now open for the South Perth Young Writers Award.

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Winners of the City’s 35th annual South Perth Young Writers Award (SPYWA) were announced at a presentation evening on Thursday 29 July 2021.

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March 2020
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Media Release 5 March 2020

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