The KYD School Writing Prize gives a voice to young Australians, seeking to develop a sustained and enjoyable writing practice among students. The prize comprises professional editing and publication in KYD magazine, a mentorship with co-judge Rawah Arja, participation in the Wheeler Centre Teen Gala, and a $500 cash prize.

Entries for the 2022 prize are now open—closing 22 July! And to give inspiration to new students (and their teachers) wanting to enter the prize, we’ve rounded up the previous prize-winning entries below.

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2021 Winner: Zifa Tanner-Kamal

Zifa’s essay The Despair of Growing Up in the Climate Crisis is an urgent exploration of what it means to be a teenager living through climate change, grappling with conflicting senses of privilege and impending doom.

Read Zifa’s winning entry here.

2020 Winner: Neha De Alwis

Neha’s short story Termites is an inventive and engaging depiction of obsessive-compulsive disorder that not only provides a compelling description of the illness’s physical manifestation but engages with the important issue of cultural stigma and under-diagnosis of mental health conditions in young people of colour.

Read Neha’s winning entry here.

2019 Non-fiction Winner: Bryce Groves

Bryce’s memoir piece Normal details his experiences growing up in foster care and a gentle exoneration of the things many children take for granted.

Read Bryce’s non-fiction winning entry here.

2019 Fiction Winner: Faye Velasquez

Faye’s story Ovals, Ovals is a compelling, confident work of lyrical, experimental prose that explores themes of migration, displacement, friendship, family and community ties.

Read Faye’s fiction winning entry here.

Find more information on the 2022 KYD School Writing Prize, click here.