We were overwhelmed by the great response to the Lionel Bowen Young Writers' Award this year and delighted to receive 241 entries across the eight categories, all of an outstanding calibre. It was an immense pleasure to read all the high-quality submissions that showcase how many talented and creative young writers there are in and around Randwick City.
The Lionel Bowen Young Writers’ Awards is held by Randwick City Library in conjunction with the University of NSW and Juvenilia Press. Our judges have been working tirelessly and are pleased to announce this year's shortlist.
The shortlist for the Lionel Bowen Young Writers’ Awards 2018 is:
Years 3 to 4 – Poem
- Caitlin Chee – Choose to Reuse and Reduce
- Edward Ryder – The Menace
- Elise Corcoran – Plastics – Choose to Reuse and Reduce
- Grace Franco – Plastic Not Fantastic
- Ryan Coulston – Plastic Poem
Years 3 to 4 - Short Story
- Akanksha Mohan – Every Bit Counts
- Alisha Woo – Suffocated
- Charlotte Chisholm – Emma and Peter’s Adventures
- Grace Gilham – Little Lost Bucket
- Sam Daniels – Nuclear Plastic
- Samuel Hirschson – The Night Plastic was Reduced and Reused
Years 5 to 6 – Poem
- Alana Ciaglia – Plastic is Taking Over
- Amelia Bald – Plastic – Get Rid of It
- Matilda Sykes – Someday........
- Rafiya Schwartz Macpherson – Plastic Avalanche
- Tanishkaa Ramesh – It Starts with a No
Years 5 to 6 - Short Story
- Harrison Awad – The Declutter Investigation
- Jack Rusli – The Meaningless Recycle of Life
- Olive Bilbao – Life Under the Sea
- Rafael Gonzalez – The Bioprinter
- Serena Cheng – Lily and the Plastic Rescue
Years 7 to 9 – Poem
- Aidan Sheps – I Often Walk Along the Pier
- Annie Furness – Plastics Rule
- Immi Barham – Plasπc
- Koko Bates – Stories from the Sea
- Sophia McLean – Our Suffering Sea
- Victor Xu – Shots
Years 7 to 9 - Short Story
- Celeste Martin-Bygrave – The Last Sunset
- Jack Smiles – Untitled
- Olivia De Araujo – Shadow Falls
- Olivia Khoo – If Only I Could
- Willow Ross – The Poet
Years 10 to 12 – Poem
- Chanie Gershowitz – Plastic
- Edwin Guo – Plastics Are…
- Jacqueline Li – Artificial
- Nicholas Franciskus – Plastic
- Tadhg Bamforth – The Boy and the Turtle
Years 10 to 12 - Short Story
- Amelia Castle – Back from the Future
- Gisele Weishan – Alive
- Jason Lim – My Sacred Area
- Logan Ingle – The Story of One
- Natasha Gering – Waste Deep
When will we find out the winners?
The shortlist has been reviewed by an expert judge at UNSW who has decided first, second, third place winner in each category. The judge was also able to award Highly Commended in each category at their discretion.
The winners in all categories, including the School Prize (for the school that had the greatest number of entries), will be announced at our prize-giving ceremony to be held at the John Niland Scientia Building at UNSW on Wednesday 5 December 2018.
What happens next?
Those who have been shortlisted will receive their official invitation to the prize-giving ceremony in the next month.
Award winners will have the added thrill of seeing their work in print when Juvenilia Press publishes a book containing all the winning entries.
Thank you to everyone who entered the Lionel Bowen Young Writers’ Awards 2018. We would like to congratulate everyone on producing amazing written work!Back to top