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Young Australian Christian Writer Award

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Entries close 31 May

The Young Australian Christian Writer Award discovers and nurtures writers of the future. A $2,500 prize is given for the best unpublished manuscript by an Australian citizen under 30 years of age. The winning work will have a Christian perspective or theme. Entries are judged with an eye to the:
Original nature and content of the work.
Literary style, including suitability for the target audience.
Contribution that the work makes in meeting a need for Christian writing in Australia.

Entry form and conditions

Download entry form here

We encourage life-changing Christian writing so that lives, communities and cultures are transformed as people discover Jesus in a way that is authentic and culturally meaningful. The Young Australian Christian Writer Award is given annually for the best unpublished manuscript by an Australian citizen under 30 years of age. This award carries a prize of $2,500. Supplementary awards include a $1,000 prize for writers under 18 years of age. With the Young Australian Christian Writer Award we discover and nurture writers of the future.

2017 Results

2019 Young Australian Christian Writer Award Winner

 

Eden Annesley wins the 2019 Young Australian Christian Writer Award with her manuscript Tom and Eva.

 

This is what the judges had to say about Tom and Eva

Suspicion and hatred envelop a small town following the death of two women. The humour, tension and bullying among the teenage protagonists is real and topical. From beginning to end this narrative is strong, nuanced, unpredictable and engaging. As the mystery unfolds, God’s love and care are gradually revealed.

 

An extract from Tom and Eva

Tom wandered his way along the streets in the dark. His father was waiting at home, probably in a deep silence. It was tempting to fall back to his refuge, the happy home down the end of a muddy lane. But he found himself heading along another route.

Eva’s front windows were alight. Fairy lights cast pink shadows on the wall. Tom knocked and her face appeared.

“Tom!” she exclaimed. She wrapped him in an enormous bear hug.

“What was that for?” Tom smiled a little.

“That’s what friends do,” declared Eva. “Come in. We’re eating Chinese to celebrate.”

Hank Carmichael swallowed his salt and pepper squid audibly upon seeing Tom. But Tom only smelt the wafting scent of fried rice and pork. He smiled at Hank’s face as he seated himself opposite.

“Dad, go and find us some sauce, why don’t you?” coaxed Eva. Her father was quick to answer. An uncomfortable spasm sent him racing into the next room. “He’s scared, you know,” said Eva thoughtfully. “The McFarlanes will be in disgrace, and probably him as well.”

She shot him a wide blue stare. “You must be happy. Now they’ll have to suffer what you did.”

Tom shrugged. “I don’t care. That’s not important now. I feel free. And not just from this town, but from Veuve and … what my mother did to us.”

“Harold told me,” said Eva simply. “And no one else knows.”

“Thank you,” said Tom. It felt so wonderful to have a friend, to have someone who understood, after years of darkness.

Eva grinned. “And that reminds me. Adam owes you an apology.”

“I should hope so,” remarked Tom.

“I made a deal with him,” said Eva cunningly. “If he was wrong about your family, he had to apologise to you.”

Tom felt a raw ache to his ribs. “And Hugh?”

“Some sheep never change their ways,” said Eva. “Adam, despite his idiocy, his mediocre good looks, his sports-hero physique,
does have the tiny beginnings of a conscience.”

Tom laughed. “But you thought he was hot.”

Eva blinked thoughtfully. “Y-e-s, I did. But all that fear, it does something to the face, doesn’t it?”

“I guess,” shrugged Tom.

“You know it!” she called back.

She suddenly jumped up. “Movie marathon tonight! Popcorn, cheesy horror and ice cream sundaes.”

“Like when we were kids?”

“No,” smiled Eva. “Like we are now.”

Tom pretended to consider it. “I have a lonely father at home.”

“He can come,” offered Eva. She was popping a little now, the excitement in her eyes invigorating.

“I suppose,” sighed Tom. “For old time’s sake.”

“Indeed,” she said with a smile. She raised her plastic cup in a mock toast. “To friendship.”

“Freedom,” echoed Tom as the plastic clunked.

“And to Tom and Eva,” she concluded.

Award criteria

 

With the Young Australian Christian Writer Award we discover and encourage writers of the future. A $2,500 prize is given for the best unpublished manuscript by an Australian citizen under 30 years of age. Supplementary awards may be made. The winning work will explore a Christian perspective or theme and incorporate, explain or encourage Christian life and values. Entries are judged with an eye to the:
Original nature and content of the work.
Literary style, including suitability for the target audience.
Contribution that the work makes in meeting a need for Christian writing in Australia.

 

Entry form and conditions

 

Download entry form here.

 

Awards results

 

2019 Young Australian Christian Writer Award

Winner. Eden Annesley for Tom and Eva
Second Prize. Zoe Boyle for La Monde
Open 2019 awards results and judges’ comments.

 

2018 Young Australian Christian Writer Award

The award was withheld in 2018.
Open 2018 awards results and judges’ comments.

 

2017 Young Australian Christian Writer Award

Winner. E P George for The Bidura Effect
Second Prize. Rachel Sharp for The Unhumans
Open 2017 awards results and judges’ comments.

 

2016 Young Australian Christian Writer Award

Winner. Miriam Dale for The Weight of Hope
Second Prize. Rebecca Lang for The Sprinkling of Unforced Rhythms
Third Prize. Jim Schirmer for The Way of the Rabbi

Open 2016 awards results and judges’ comments.

 

2015 Young Australian Christian Writer Award
Winner. Tim Sharp for Undying
Second Prize. Trudy Adams for The Sunshine List
Third Prize. Sarah Backholer and Rebecca Nisbet for Seasons of Grace

Open 2015 awards results and judges’ comments.


2014 Young Australian Christian Writer Award

Winner. Heidi Waddell for The Bridge
Second Prize. Joshua Maule for Isesomo
Third Prize. Chantelle Pitt for Loving Floyd

Open 2014 awards results and judges’ comments.


2013 Young Australian Christian Writer Award
Winner. Matthew Pullar for Imperceptible Arms: A Memoir in Poems
Open 2013 awards results and judges’ comments.


2012 Young Australian Christian Writer Award
Winner. Claire van Ryn for Faith Like a Mushroom
Second Prize. Miriam Dale for Sugar and Salt: Honesty in Faith
Third Prize. Darren Wright for St Patrick’s Church. Part Two
Open 2012 awards results and judges’ comments.


2011 Young Australian Christian Writer Award
The award was withheld in 2011.
Open 2011 awards results and judges’ comments.


2010 Young Australian Christian Writer Award
Winner. Jack Burnham for Held in his Hands
Open 2010 awards results and judges’ comments.