Attention budding young authors

Media Release - Tuesday 4 April 2017

Create and design your own book and you could be the 2017 Young Territory Author of the Year, as entries for the Young Territory Author Awards are now open.

This annual writing competition invites young Territorians to write and produce their own book.
Lord Mayor Katrina Fong Lim is once again looking forward to being a part of this exciting competition.
“The Young Territory Author Awards reward young authors and illustrators for their creativity and hard work,” said the Lord Mayor.
“City of Darwin Libraries are committed to the development of literacy skills and launched the YTAA in 1991 to support young writers in the Northern Territory.
“These awards aim to provide an avenue for young people to share their writing and have their work recognised as pieces of literary worth.”
Eight year old Alice Cotter was crowned last year’s Young Territory Author of the Year for her book Queen of Darwin. She is the youngest entrant to ever win the award and is now a proud author of a published book. Queen of Darwin is available for purchase at the Bookshop Darwin and the book store at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.
This year’s overall winner will receive $500, the school entry winner will receive $500 for their school, with age group and regional winners receiving prizes as well.
Entries close 30 June and the winners will be announced in August at a special ceremony at the Darwin Entertainment Centre.
All entries will be included in the Young Territory Author Awards collection housed at Casuarina Library. Previous entrants are available for the general public to view and borrow.
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