South Perth Young Writers Award: 30th year draws most entries in a decade


Putting pen to paper: South Perth Young Writers Award finalists Madeleine Pink, Evan Ratcliff, Lily Graves, Amelia Jones and Hannah Symons. Picture: Jon Hewson
Putting pen to paper: South Perth Young Writers Award finalists Madeleine Pink, Evan Ratcliff, Lily Graves, Amelia Jones and Hannah Symons. Picture: Jon Hewson

THE South Perth Young Writers Award celebrates its 30th year with the most entries it has received in 10 years.

Young writers have also shown a preference for putting pen to paper in their entries, despite the digital age.

More than 450 entries were received by the May 14 cut off, 15 finalists were announced this month and the award will be presented at the South Perth Library this Thursdayat 6pm.

The awards are open to school aged children either residing or attending school in the City of South Perth.

From 1987 to 2006, it was called the Christobel Mattingley Award for Young Writers, after the children’s author.

Renamed in 2007 to recognise the local focus, the presentation included the Christobel Mattingley Bronze Medallion for the most outstanding entry.

Additional prizes are awarded for prose across five age categories.

Each year, an anthology of the winning entries is displayed at the South Perth Library.