Thursday, 16 June 2016

The Young Creative Writers Awards 2016

The Commissioner for Children invites Tasmanian children and young people to enter this year's Young Creative Writers Awards.

Intended Audience: All Tasmanian children and young people aged below 18 years.
Entries close Friday 29 July.

This creative writing competition aims to recognise, reward and promote creative writing by Tasmanian children and young people; and to promote awareness and understanding of child rights among children, young people and their communities.

Over 300 children and young people were inspired to enter last year's inaugural Awards and to write about the theme "play". This year our theme is 'fairness and respect' and we are hoping young writers will be inspired to write creative pieces based on this theme.

This year we are delighted to have the support of the Tasmanian Writers Centre who will facilitate a series of writing workshops for children and young people around the state in the July school holidays.

Child rights theme for 2016 – "fairness and respect"
This year's theme is "fairness and respect"; recognising that all children and young people have the right to be treated fairly and with respect – whatever their race, religion or ability; whatever they think or say, and whatever type of family they come from.

Everybody has rights. This means that everybody, including children, should respect other people's rights too.

Judging and prizes Our guest judges for 2016 are:
  •  Robin Banks Tasmania's Anti-Discrimination Commissioner
  •  Matt Deighton editor of The Mercuryand
  •  Danielle Wood Tasmanian writer Children's author
  •  Angelica Banks will join the panel for the primary age categories.
Prizes will be given in four age categories. Entrants will be in the running to win an iPad mini or a book voucher. Winning entries will be published by the Commissioner on-line and in print. The Awards will be announced at an invitation-only award ceremony at Government House in November 2016.

Writing Workshops - July holidays
This year children and young people around the state will have the opportunity to learn about great creative writing at specially designed workshops facilitated by the Tasmanian Writers' Centre. Information about the workshops will be available soon on the Tasmanian Writers' Centre website.
Awards Poster
Terms & Conditions & Entry Form