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2012 John Marsden Prize for Young Australian Writers

BY Express Media | 06-Aug-2012
Express Media and John Marsden are pleased to announce that entries are now open for Australia’s foremost literary competition for young writers, The 2012 John Marsden Prize for Young Australian Writers.

Young writers under the age of 25 are encouraged to enter the competition to share in $5,500 in prize money and have the opportunity to be published online and in the December issue of Express Media’s youth literary journal, Voiceworks magazine. Winners will be judged by Express Media and John Marsden. The 2012 John Marsden Prize for Young Australian Writers is generously funded by John Marsden, author of the popular Tomorrow When The War Began series, and facilitated by Express Media, Australia’s leading youth writing organisation. “Anyone interested in the future of Australia should be encouraged by the energy, passion and skill of our young writers” says Marsden.” Their work ranges from raw to sophisticated, from conservative to chaotic, from idealistic to cynical. It's always exciting to see the adventurous work of the young people who enter this competition."

This prize has provided a bridge between a hobby and a profession for many young writers in the past with last year’s Short Fiction (18-24) winner Madeleine Griffeth crediting the prize for introducing her to new opportunities as a young writer. “The John Marsden Prize for Young Australian Writers was a significant moment of validation for me as a writer,” says Griffeth. “Since winning the Prize in 2011 I’ve had opportunities to make connections with emerging writers further down the track in their careers that I am, and I’m beginning to see that with commitment and a measure of hard graft, it is possible to fit writing into the picture of Real Life that I’m gradually assembling for myself.” Entries close Monday September 3 at 5pm.

Entry forms can be downloaded at the Express Media website at expressmedia.org.au.

For all media enquiries, contact Express Media Communications Intern Katherine Scott at communications@expressmedia.org.au or Express Media Creative Producer Lefa Singleton-Norton at creativeproducer@expressmedia.org.au or (03) 9094 7890.