Competitions

‘The Young Writers Award 2018 is a project of SSPAN designed to foster individual and community resilience. Each year we invite young people from years 7 to 12 in our local high schools to send in either a poem and/or a short story inspired by a set theme; this year’s theme is  ‘Out of the Blue’.

The invitation is also extended to young student artists to design the book cover for the Anthology.

Writing is a very valuable tool for building resilience. It allows the young writer to explore their experiences and to develop, not only their language skills, but critical thinking and problem solving. We hope that their interest in writing, whether as a hobby or future career, will see them become lifelong learners.

By providing this opportunity to have their work recognised, SSPAN hopes to foster the creative talent of our young writers and young artists. We reach out into the community to find local judges, also writers themselves, who give of their time to support their younger counterparts. Some local writers have also contributed short stories and poems.

We hope you enjoy ‘Out of the Blue’.

Juan Alvarez and Fiona Stasiukynas

Coordinators YWA 2018

 

Out of the Blue – SSPAN Young Writers Award 2018

The theme for this year’s Award is ‘OUT OF THE BLUE’. All high school students in the Shoalhaven are invited to enter up to two pieces of creative writing: one poem and/or one prose piece inspired by this theme. Competition terms and conditions can be found here.

Entries have now closed.

For more information email sspanyoungwriters@gmail.com or ring Fiona Stasiukynas on 0412 051 444.

 

The Book Cover Design Competition

To complement the Young Writers Award, we are again inviting local young artists to design a book cover to be used for the publication of the 2018 entries. As with the writing, it is open to students in high schools in the Shoalhaven. Cover design competition terms and conditions can be found here.

Entries have now closed.

For more information email sspanyoungwriters@gmail.com or ring Fiona Stasiukynas on 0412 051 444.

 

SSPAN Young Writers Award 2017 – Prize Winners

Junior Poetry

  • Eilish Norwood            St John the Evangelist High School

Junior Short Story, First, Second, Third, Highly Commended

  • Sarah Cameron                 St John the Evangelist High School
  • Zack Oswald                      Shoalhaven High School
  • Scott Goodwin (equal).      Shoalhaven High School
  • Charlotte Walker(equal).    Shoalhaven High School
  • Ricky Batalla                      Shoalhaven High School

Senior Poetry

  • Emily Nield                         Nowra Anglican College

Senior Short Story

  • Kayla Groombridge            St John the Evangelist High School

2017 Book Cover Design Competition First Prize, Highly Commended

  • Mason Turnbull                   Shoalhaven High School
  • Delle Sermonia                   Shoalhaven High School