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Young Territory Author Awards

Each year the Young Territory Author Awards give insight into the creative minds right across the Territory, and lets them share the stories close to their hearts.

Library manager Stacey Rosser says the annual competition, now in its 29th year, is open to everyone aged under 18, and they’d love to see more stories from remote areas in the Territory.

“We’re really trying hard to reach further out into more remote areas and places further afield,” she says.

“It’s important to reach out to all the kids who have a story to tell.

“It’s a chance to share a story that's important to them and the way they want to tell it, and the voice they want to tell it in. 

“I know there are some stories out there we’d love to hear.”

Loads of prizes can be won, with an overall winner and prizes for the best entires from schools, regions and age groups.

“There’s quite a lot of categories and recognition up for grabs,” Rosser says.

“We’ve seen some success stories come through the ranks, too - people who won the competition five or 10 years ago are now published authors.

“Judges are looking for originality of ideas, quality of writing, and the presentation.”

Workshops will be held during May and June right across the Territory, with local authors sharing some wisdom to help inspire and polish works from young writers.

There’s still plenty of time until entires close, so now’s the time to get writing!

Entries close Fri 23 Aug | darwin.nt.gov.au/ytaa

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