Entries are open for the annual Young Territory Author Awards.
Submit your original story online, by mail or drop into any City of Darwin Library before 27 August 2023.
The Young Territory Author Awards is an annual writing competition where entrants write and produce their own book.
It is organised in association with other public libraries and schools throughout the Northern Territory.
The competition is in its 33rd year of production and showcases the incredible imagination and creativity of young people in the community, providing them with an opportunity to develop their writing skills and have their work nationally recognised.
Check out the FREE Young Territory Author Awards Writing workshops!
Join popular authors Sandra Kendell and Barry Jonsberg at Casuarina Library, for great tips, tricks and advice to help you polish off your entry for the Young Territory Author Awards.
(Ages 7-11) YTAA Writing Workshop
(Ages 12-18) YTAA Writing Workshop
- How to enter
Download the YTAA Flyer and Entry Form
There are lots of prizes up for grabs.
Young Territory Author of the year - $500
School Entry Winner - $500 (for the school)
CBCA NT Wow Award - $200
Regional Area Winners - $50
Age Category Winners - $50 voucher to the Bookshop Darwin
Highly Commended - $30 voucher to the Bookshop Darwin
Encouragement Awards - $20 voucher to the Bookshop Darwin
Entries are considered in all categories they are eligible for. The categories include:
- 8 years and under - all individual entries in this age bracket are eligible
- 9-12 years - all individual entries in this age bracket are eligible
- 13-15 years - all individual entries in this age bracket are eligible
- 16-18 years - all individual entries in this age bracket are eligible
- Regional areas - all entries received (school and individual) in each NT region are eligible
- School Entries - all entries received from schools are eligible
- Young Territory Author of the year - all individual entries are eligible
- Writer's Toolbox
Have a look through the Writer Toolbox - a page filled with resources to help you write your story.
- Information for Teachers
If you are preparing a class entry, please use this permission template to notify your student's parents, and gain the necessary permissions.
Download the Permission Template
- Information for Public Libraries
Find marketing resources here.
- Past Winners
Megan Jacobson - 1992 Young Territory Author winner
Sasha Beekman - Young Territory Author Awards -16 to 18 Age Category winner 2012 & 2013
Previous Young Territory Authors of the Year
2022 Freya Galati
2021 Rowan McGrath
2020 Rachel De Kock
2019 Jethro Pollock
2018 Tiger-Lily Clements
2017 Jessica Phelan
2016 Alice Cotter
2015 Sascha Duffy
2014 Irini Melas
2013 Yasna Delo
2012 Shayla Moses
2011 Ella Hardiman & Tjina Stoll
2010 Isabella Hope Tester
2009 Timothy Hansen
2008 Rosanna Cameron
2007 Sophie Philip
2006 Dean Holzwart
2005 Karina Brabham
2004 Lauren Crabbe
2003 Erin Pearce
2002 Amanda Deacon and Penny Cameron
2001 Penny Cameron
2000 Guy Spielman
1999 Jessica Rose
1998 Melanie Robinson
1997 Karen Bryce
1996 David Palmer
1995 Yvonne Medel
1994 Aaron Tucker
1993 Aaron Tucker
1992 Megan Jacobson
1991 Arvin Roach
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