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ASPIRING young writers are invited to enter State Library of Queensland's annual Young Writers Award for the chance to win $2,000.

Now in its nineteenth year, the Young Writers Award is continuing to foster the next generation of Queensland's budding writing talent, with entries open to Queensland residents aged 18 to 25.

The Award has helped kick-start the literary careers of many prominent Queensland authors, including Christopher Currie (The Ottoman Motel), Alasdair Duncan (Sushi Central), Chris Somerville (We Are Not the Same Anymore), Benjamin Law (The Family Law) and Tara June Winch (Swallow the Air).

State Librarian Janette Wright said that these success stories are instrumental in encouraging other young wordsmiths.

"The flourishing careers of previous winners, runners up and entrants from the Young Writers Award have inspired confidence and determination in future writers," she said.

2013 winner Kahli Scott's winning short story Lingerie has since been featured on Birdee, an online magazine for young girls, and Kahli has begun work on a novel-length project that expands on the themes and tone of Lingerie using a new set of characters.

Rebecca Jessen, 2012 winner, went on to win Emerging Queensland Author at the 2013 Queensland Literary Awards for her manuscript submission Gap, a verse novel adaption of her Young Writer's Award entry that will be published in September 2014.

Rebecca said that winning the Young Writers Award is what gave her the confidence to turn Gap into a full length novel.

Arts Minister Ian Walker said the Young Writers Award is a great initiative which gives emerging and aspiring writers the chance to increase their exposure to the publishing industry.

"Competitions like this are important as they provide our young creative talent with the support needed to help further their literary careers," Mr Walker said.

The 2014 submissions will be assessed by a judging panel comprised of local authors, journalists and editors, including Frances Whiting (Sunday Mail columnist), Simon Groth (Concentrate), Ellen van Neerven (2013 David Unaipon Award winner) and Jarryd Luke (Director, Townsville Writers & Publishers Centre Inc).

The Young Writers Award winner and first runner up will receive $2,000 and $500 prize money respectively, along with a 12 month membership to the Queensland Writers Centre and the Australian Writer's Marketplace online, and admission to a Brisbane Writers Festival seminar and Queensland Writers Centre industry seminar.

Entries close at 5pm on Friday 18 July 2014. For full details on the application process or to pick up short story writing tips, visit slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on/awards/ywa The Young Writers Award is funded by the Library Board of Queensland, and supported by Queensland Writers Centre, Brisbane Writers Festival, and the Australian Writer's Marketplace.



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