Now in its third year, the KYD School Writing Prize gives a voice to young people exploring aspects of contemporary life and society that concern them. We seek entries of between 1000 and 1500 words in either fiction and non-fiction, with students responding to a current social or political issue. The winner receives a $500 cash prize, editorial support and publication in KYD.

In 2021, the KYD School Writing Prize will be judged by award-winning author Alice Pung and KYD editor Alan Vaarwerk. Entries for the 2021 prize opened on 19 April. Due to the Victorian lockdown we’ve extended the closing date to 25 June.

Entry to the KYD School Writing Prize is open exclusively to KYD School Members and their students. There is no additional entry fee.

In 2021, KYD School Members will also have free access to two 45-minute online workshops designed to assist students in writing pieces to submit to the Prize. To find out more about KYD School Memberships, click here.

Previous winners

2020: Neha De Alwis (Year 12, Nossal High School, VIC), for her short story ‘Termites’. Read more about the winning entry and the judges report here.

2019: Bryce Groves (Year 10, Quakers Hill High School, NSW) for his memoir ‘Normal’, and Faye Velasquez (Year 10, Footscray City College, VIC) for her story, ‘Ovals, Ovals’.


Download our guide to preparing work for submission to the prize. 

Download the full 2021 KYD School Writing Prize Submission Guidelines and Terms & Conditions.


Feel free to email us at [email protected] if you have any questions.