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The John Marsden & Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers awards unforgettable opportunities for Australian students of secondary school age, across the categories of poetry, fiction and nonfiction

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

Fifteen shortlisted writers will be invited to meet John Marsden and participate in an exclusive workshop with a best-selling author.

Prize winners will also receive a cash prize and a book pack of YA titles, courtesy of Hachette Australia, plus publication of their work on the Express Media website and acknowledgement in Australia's premier youth literary journal, Voiceworks.

The prize will be presented in a special event at the 2017 Melbourne Writers Festival on Thursday August 31, 2017.

How to Enter

  1. All entries must be received by 9am, Friday June 30, 2017
  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. Your name should not be included anywhere on your submission; it should only be entered in the submission form
  8. 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
  2. Entries must not have previously been published in print or online
  3. The judges’ decision is final; no correspondence will be entered into about the judgements or the judging process
  4. Only shortlisted entrants will receive feedback on entries
  5. All members currently serving on the Express Media board; and/or all paid, permanent staff of Express Media, are ineligible to enter
  6. Entrants must have permission from a parent/guardian/teacher to enter the prize  
Note: Entrants must acknowledge and agree to these terms upon submission. Parent/guardian/teacher of the entrant must confirm permission for entry upon submission.

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 workshop with best-selling author ********
  • 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
  • A $500 travel reimbursement to attend the winners’ announcement event
  • A book pack of selected works from Hachette Australia’s young adult publications
  • Publication on Express Media's website
  • Acknowledgement in Voiceworks, Australia's premiere youth literary journal

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

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