Young writers prize up for grabs

1 March 2013

Written by: Ashley Shenker

Express Media, a literary and arts organisation for youth, has launched the Young Writers Innovation Prize, which is a new program of support for young Australian writers, funded by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.Print

The program will give young writers the opportunity to establish a new writing or publishing idea, with anyone under 30 from across Australia able to cover the genre of their choice and pitch it to Express Media.

The idea will need to demonstrate innovation in the field of literature and/or publication, which could include writing for zines, e-zines, comics, multimedia or websites; a live performance or spoken word; a storytelling smart phone application; or an online literary festival.

First prize will be $4,000 to make the winning project a reality, followed by $1000 for second and $500 for third to give them a start to reach their goals.

The key to submissions being short-listed for a prize will be that they show innovation in the outcomes or approach to the project. Applicants are also encouraged to make their project sustainable beyond the initial prize.

“We know young people have great ideas, because they come to us with them all the time,” Express Media CEO Joe Toohey said.

“This is your chance to pitch your own project to us. We want to be excited. We know we will be!”

For more information about the prize, including the guidelines and cover sheet, visit the Express Media website at

Applications close 5pm on Friday, May 17