Cumberland Young Writers Award 2024

Cumberland City Council Libraries, in partnership with the Library Advisory Committee, are excited to announce the annual Cumberland Young Writers Award 2024.

Entries open Monday 11 March 2024 and close Friday 22 July 2024

The competition will be open to students from 8 to 18 years old who live in Cumberland, attend a school in Cumberland, or who are members of the Library Service. The competition provides opportunities for young writers and illustrators to showcase their talents.

Entries information

The competition will be judged and awarded in the following age group categories:

  • 8 to 11 years old
  • 12 to 14 years old
  • 15 to 18 years old

Works could be:

  • Short stories (maximum 500 words)
  • Poetry (maximum 30 lines)
  • Graphic short story (maximum 10 pages)

All entries will complete a work using the images provided for the age groups. There will be one (1) image provided for each age group to provide inspiration for the works.

Entries are judged on originality, creativity, construction, and use of language. An independent panel will be assembled that will judge the works. Four finalists are chosen in each age group.


Awards will be presented to one (1) winner, one (1) runner-up and two (2) highly commended in each age group and type of work.

Finalists from each category will have their works published in a book and added to the library collection.

Full names of finalists will be published and may be made available online and online and to the public.

All participants will be given a participation award for recognition of the work.

How to enter

Please read the Conditions of Entry Form before submitting your entry.

Submit the Young Writers Entry Form with your story, poem or graphic short story.

Entries close Monday 22 July 2024

Writing workshops

Cumberland City Council Libraries will be working with bestselling children’s author Ashleigh Barton to run workshops for students who are interested in learning to write. 

The workshops will be held at Guildford Library, Railway Terrace, Guildford and bookings are essential.


Follow the links below to book into a workshop filtered by competition age group category.

Workshop for 8 to 11 years on Tuesday 16 July - Book for 8 to 11 years

Workshop for 12 to 14 years on Thursday 18 July - Book for 12 to 14 years

Workshop for 15 to 18 years Thursday 18 July - Book for 15 to 18 years

8 to 11 years age group

12 to 14 years age group

15 to 18 years age group