Named after and supported by international best-selling author John Marsden, sponsored by Hachette Australia and administered by Express Media, The John Marsden & Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers is a developmental award open to Australian secondary schools students in the categories of fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

The prize is judged by John Marsden, alongside representatives from Hachette Australia and Express Media.

Fifteen shortlisted writers will be invited to meet John Marsden and participate in an exclusive creative writing workshop.

Prize winners will also receive a cash prize and a book pack of YA titles, courtesy of Hachette Australia.

The prize will be announced and presented in a special event at the 2018 Melbourne Writers Festival.

COMPETITION GUIDELINES

How to Enter 

1.       All entries must be received by 9am, Friday 29 June 2018

2.       One entry may be submitted, per category, with a maximum of 2 entries across the 3 categories

3.       Each entry must be submitted via the submissions portal, with one entry per submission form. DO NOT put multiple submissions in one word or PDF document

4.       Submissions of fiction or nonfiction may be up to 3,000 words in length

5.       Submissions of poetry may be up to 100 lines in length

6.       All entries must be typed and double-spaced

7.       Submittable accounts must be created in the entrant’s own name and list the entrant's contact details

Conditions of Entry

1.       Entries must be original works, written entirely by the entrant, and must not infringe upon anyone else’s copyright or intellectual property rights

2.       Entries must not, either wholly or partly, have previously been published in print or online (with the exception of an entrant’s personal blog or website)

3.       The name of the entrant should not be included anywhere on the submission; it should only be entered in the submission form

4.       All members currently serving on the Express Media board; and/or all paid, permanent staff of Express Media, are ineligible to enter

5.       Entrants under 18 years of age must have permission from a parent/guardian/teacher to enter the prize

Express Media and Hachette Australia each reserve the right not to consider a submission if the conditions of entry above are not complied with.

Note: Entrants must acknowledge and agree to these terms upon submission. Parent/guardian/teacher of the entrant must confirm permission for entry upon submission.

Consideration of Submissions

1.       The judges’ decision is final; no correspondence will be entered into about the judgements or the judging process

2.       Only shortlisted entrants will receive feedback on entries

PRIZE DETAILS

Shortlisted writers from each prize category receive:

●      Feedback on their writing from Hachette Australia and Express Media judges

●      An invitation to meet John Marsden over lunch hosted by Hachette Australia and Express Media

●      An invitation to take part in an exclusive writing masterclass

●      An invitation to attend a premiere event as a guest of the Melbourne Writers Festival

The first place winner of each prize category receives the above, plus:

●      A $500 cash prize

●      Up to $500 travel reimbursement to attend the winners’ announcement event

●      A book pack of selected works from Hachette Australia’s young adult publications

●      Publication on the Express Media website

●      Winner names and an acknowledgement will be printed in Voiceworks, Australia’s premier youth literary journal 

For more information please email Rafael at education@expressmedia.org.au

Now in its sixth year, The 2018 Scribe Nonfiction Prize is a unique development award to foster talented writers aged 30 and under writing longform work. Entries between 5,000 and 10,000 words are welcome across all nonfiction genres, including memoir, journalism, essay, and creative nonfiction.

Shortlisted writers will receive:

  • an invitation to an exclusive craft development masterclass with some of Australia’s best nonfiction writers 
  • personalised feedback on their entry from the judges
  • a generous selection of new-release Scribe Publication books tailored to their reading interests

The winner receives:

  • a cash prize of $3000
  • an editorial mentorship to develop their work
  • a generous selection of new-release Scribe Publication books tailored to their reading interests.

The shortlist will be selected by Inez Trambas (Editorial committee of Voiceworks), Shu-Ling Chua (Editorial committee of Voiceworks 2016 - 2017, Writer for Feminartsy, Peril Magazine and Meanjin), Bethany Atkinson-Quinton (Creative Producer, Express Media), and Myfanwy Jones (Project Manager, Scribe Publications and author of Parlour Games for Modern Famalies and LEAP).  Submissions will be judged against the following criteria: originality and creativity, voice, readership and commercial potential, literary merit, and content and structure. The winner will then be selected by Scribe Publications. 

Writers will also have the chance to ask their burning questions about the prize, and seek advice on what the judges are looking for during a live Q&A, with date to be announced.

Past winners and shortlisted writers have gone onto sign their debut works as a direct result of the prize: Briohny Doyle (Adult Fantasy, May 2017), Oliver Mol (Lion Attack!, May 2015), Patrick Mullins (A Liberal View, forthcoming 2018), Drew Rooke (The Final Spin, forthcoming May 2018), and Lech Blaine (Car Crash forthcoming late 2018). The 2014 winner, Robbie Arnott, has received critical acclaim for his work, and was awarded The 2015 Tasmanian Young Writers Fellowship.

Entries close 11.59pm Sunday September 9.

The Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers is presented in partnership with Scribe Publications and Word For Word National Non-Fiction Festival. 

Submission Guidelines

  1. Entries open at 5pm Monday April 30.
  2. Entries will be accepted in any nonfiction genre, including memoir, journalism, essay, biography, and creative nonfiction.
  3. Entries must be between 5,000 and 10,000 words. They may be excerpted from a longer work but should preferably also function as stand-alone pieces.
  4. The entry must be an original work by the entrant and written in English.
  5. Entrants must be 30 years of age or under as of the closing date, and be residents of Australia.
  6. Both previously unpublished writers and writers who have had a work published with a commercial or not-for-profit publishing house are eligible.
  7. Entries must be neatly typed and double-spaced. Please do not include your name anywhere on the submission.
  8. Entrants must submit their entries by using the online entry form. Complete one form per entry. Entries submitted without the completed entry form will not be processed.
  9. There is a maximum of two entries per individual.
  10. Entries must be received by 11.59pm. (AEST) on Sunday September 9; late entries will not be accepted. Express Media take no responsibility for lost or delayed entries.

Terms and Conditions

  1. The submission guidelines form part of the terms and conditions.
  2. No more than 10 per cent of the entry material may have been previously published (in print or electronic form) on a commercial basis.
  3. While previously published authors are eligible, the entry material must not be under consideration with any other publisher (excluding prizes in which a publisher is co-sponsor). Entrants must notify Express Media immediately if their entry ceases to be eligible.
  4. While the entrant may submit the work in other prizes, the entry material must not have previously been awarded first place in any other prize. If, during the judging process of the Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers, the entry material wins another prize, the entrant must notify Express Media, as their entry ceases to be eligible.
  5. Scribe Publications has the first option to publish the entry and/or enter into a commercial arrangement with the prize winner, and the prize money may form part of any commercial arrangement. Within six months of the completion of the awarded editorial time, Scribe Publications will let the prize winner know whether it wants to publish the entry and/or enter into a commercial arrangement with the winner for a project based on the material. Should Scribe wish to publish the winning entry or offer the winning writer a contract to develop the work into a longer project, the writer agrees to negotiate in good faith with Scribe Publications to publish the work on reasonable commercial terms, and not to offer the material to another publisher unless or until such good-faith negotiations have taken place. In the event that Scribe Publications decides not to enter into a commercial arrangement with the prize winner, the winner will be free of commitment to Scribe Publications.
  6. Scribe Publications has the first option to publish the shortlisted entries and/or enter into a commercial arrangement with the shortlisted writers. Within three months of the announcement of the winner, Scribe Publications will let the shortlisted writer know if it wants to publish an entry and/or enter into a commercial arrangement with the shortlisted writer for a project based on the material. Should Scribe wish to publish a shortlisted entry or offer a shortlisted writer a contract to develop the work into a longer project, the writer agrees to negotiate in good faith with Scribe Publications to publish the work on reasonable commercial terms, and not to offer the material to another publisher until such good-faith negotiations have taken place. In the event that Scribe Publications decides not to enter into a commercial arrangement with the shortlisted writer, he or she will be free of commitment to Scribe Publications.
  7. Entrants warrant that their submission is their own original work; that they are the sole author and owner of the copyright in the entry; that the material has not been previously licensed for exclusive use in any form in any territory; that the material does not infringe any existing copyright or licence or any other third-party rights; that the material does not contain any material in breach of official secrets, confidentiality obligations or any other laws; and that all statements in the entry purporting to be facts are true.
  8. All members currently serving on the Express Media Management Committee and all paid, permanent staff of Express Media or Scribe Publications are ineligible to enter.
  9. An announcement of shortlisted entries will be made on the Express Media and Scribe websites and in associated media, and shortlisted entrants will be notified, by 5pm by Friday October 5
  10. Shortlisted entrants agree to take part in events and media activities to promote the Prize. If your entry is shortlisted, you grant Express Media and Scribe Publications permission to use part of your entry for the purpose of promoting you as a shortlisted entrant.
  11. Shortlisted entrants will receive personalised feedback from the competition judges once the winner is announced. This feedback may be written or verbal.
  12. The winner may be notified in strict confidence during October, but must agree to keep this news confidential until the announcement of the winning entry on Friday November 16.
  13. The judges have the discretion to divide the prize equally between authors of entries they consider to be of equal merit, should the situation arise. In this instance, Scribe Publications will provide an editorial mentorship to both winners. The judges’ decision is final; no correspondence will be entered into.
  14. The judges may decide not to award the prize if they do not believe any of the entries to be of a suitable standard.
  15. The 10 hours of editorial time must be completed within 12 months of the awarding of the prize. The meeting with the editor or publisher may occur at the Scribe offices in Brunswick, Victoria, or via phone or Skype, depending on the winner’s preference and location. If the meeting is at the Scribe offices, the winner will be responsible for any associated travel costs.

Voiceworks is branching out into the online realm and we are looking for two new members (aged 24 and under) to join our editorial committee as online editors. We’re after people who are familiar with Voiceworks, have a passion for developing talent in young writers, and are excited about the literary potential offered by online spaces. Interstate applications are welcome, and Voiceworks particularly encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people, people of colour, people with a disability, and people who identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ spectrum.

About Voiceworks and Express Media

Voiceworks is a national literary journal featuring new fiction, poetry, nonfiction, comics and art by Australians under the age of 25. Voiceworks is written, edited and produced entirely by young people, and prides itself on providing writers with feedback on their work, whether it is published or not.

Voiceworks is published by Express Media, a national not-for-profit organisation that provides support and development opportunities for young writers.

Key Responsibilities

• Read and provide feedback to writers on submissions for the online component of Voiceworks

• Participate in the selection of material for publication online

• Assist in development and editing of material for online publication under the direction of the Voiceworks editor

• Contribute to the development of the Voiceworks online platform, including ideas on design, content, and promotion

• Represent Express Media and Voiceworks publicly on a professional level through events such as launches, the Emerging Writers’ Festival, Melbourne Writers’ Festival and National Young Writers’ Festival

• For members in Melbourne: attend weekly meetings, quarterly proofreading sessions and launches

Conditions

• The position requires attendance of one 2-hour meeting per week (currently Monday, 6-8pm) in the Express Media office, as well as submission reading, editing and feedback writing to be done from home during peak times

• The position is voluntary and may fit with the internship project requirements of editing, publishing, journalism or writing students.

• Editorial committee members report to the Voiceworks editor

• Editorial committee members are covered by the appropriate insurance while working at the Express Media office, located in The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne

Selection Criteria

• A sound understanding of and passion for Voiceworks as a publication, and as a development opportunity for young writers

• A love of literature and an understanding of or demonstrable curiosity about the author/editor relationship

• A demonstrable commitment to a career in editing, publishing, writing or a related area

• A knowledge of and passion for platform-specific digital literary work (including but not limited to interactive fiction, animated comics, hypertext writing, and work that experiments with integrating coding and writing), and a desire to support young writers working in these mediums

• Excellent communications skills, both oral and written

• The ability to respond to direction, and work both independently and as part of a team

• Relevant skills such as coding and animation are desired but not a requirement

How to apply

Your application must include:

• Your covering letter

• Your statement addressing each of the selection criteria (2-page maximum)

• Your current CV (including date of birth and 3 references)

Combine them all in one document (word or PDF) saved as your last name.

For further information please call Express Media on (03) 9094 7888 or email Mira Schlosberg, Voiceworks editor, at editor@expressmedia.org.au.

To submit your application, select the appropriate category on our Submittable page, complete the form and upload your file here.

Applications close at 11:59pm on Wednesday, 30 May, and the successful applicants are expected to begin around Monday, 11 June.