Teen writers invited to pen short stories for Book Week

26 July 2022
As part of Children’s Book Week, City of Canning libraries are holding the Young Minds Short Story Competition, aimed at emerging student writers from years 7 to 12, with entries now open until 31 August.

The competition circulates around the national book week theme - dreaming with your eyes open –with short stories set to be judged by key industry figure, award winning WA author and Deputy Chair of Writing WA, Holden Sheppard.

The winning writer will be presented the award in mid-October, which is inclusive of a $200 Westbooks voucher and admission to writing and illustration workshops with the winning story published on the City’s website.

The competition, in its third year now, caters to teenage writers and forms part of Canning libraries’ line-up of events designed to celebrate Children’s Book Week scheduled from 20 – 27 August.

Mayor Patrick Hall said this short story competition was a great opportunity to get young writers involved in short story writing and said the theme should inspire some serious creativity.

“City of Canning libraries are holding a whole suite of children’s events for Book Week this year and the Young Minds short story competition is our way of catering to teenagers who have a love of the written word.

“The competition will inspire endless creativity and is indicative of our libraries’ efforts at keeping storytelling and writing alive in younger generations.

“If writing is your passion, then why not get creative and have a go?” he said.

Stories must be 700 words or less and submitted by 31 August on the City’s website at www.canning.wa.gov.au/youngminds.

Further information is available at libraryservices@canning.wa.gov.au

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