The awards night will be held on Tuesday 25 November from 4pm to 7pm at New South Wales Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney. Prize winners and awards for Highly Commended, Commended and Encouragement will be announced on the night.

Tickets are available now. 

This year we have increased the number of tickets per finalist. You can order a maximum of 3 tickets which includes the finalist. Teachers can order tickets in addition to this. You can apply to go on a waiting list for additional tickets if they become available. Tickets are free of charge.

We realise that it is disappointing that whole families can sometimes not attend but seating is limited in Parliament House and it is wonderful to have such a prestigious venue for our awards night. We have calculated the numbers carefully so those finalists with 2 or more entries in a category can still only order 3 tickets.

Entrants should wear their school uniform to the awards night.

Preorder books now:

Books are now available for preorder and prepayment at our online bookstore. Cash and cheques will be the only payment available at the venue so prepayment on the website helps to avoid queues. 

Please use the discount code "PICKUP" to avoid postage costs being automatically added. 

Remember there is no fee to enter the competition or to attend the awards night but we do rely on book sales to run the competition so please buy up. The competition is not for profit and is run by volunteers. There will be plenty for sale on the night.

There is a very limited window to make changes to finalist's names in the book. Please check again and send to as soon as possible. If you have sent a correction in and have not received a return email please send again. We will reply to you to acknowledge receipt. Also, teachers and parents, please ask entrants about plagiarised entries. We have uncovered some entries already that were not the student's own work. This is the best time to come forward (not when the book is printed.)

Certificate of Recognition

As our 2014 finalists have now been announced we would like to acknowledge all the wonderful writers who worked so hard on their entries for this year's competition.

You can now download a certificate of recognition. We encourage schools to acknowledge everyone who entered and for those students to be justifiably proud of their achievement.

A certificate of recognition from the Sydney Youth Writing Competition says that you value good writing and made the effort to craft an entry for consideration by our judges. You are 1 of 3,000 writers who took that brave step and so joined our wonderful writing community. And we are proud of you too.

Finalist List

All 2014 finalists will be published in our annual book, Drop.Wind.Keep. Winning entries from the 2014 Sydney Youth Writing Competition. 
We received over 3,000 entries from schools all over the world and the judging panel has been hard at work for 3 months reading every one.  It's been a very enjoyable task to judge these entries and I know the judging panel wants to pass on their thanks at your fantastic efforts.

Anna Carmody and Meredith Melville-Jones


Sydney Youth Writing Competition, Inc