KYD School Writing Prize

The KYD School Writing Prize gives a voice to young people writing about the issues ​that concern them. Each year we seek entries of approx. 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.

The winner of the 2020 KYD School Writing Prize was 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. The 2020 KYD School Writing Prize was judged by award-winning author Alice Pung and KYD editor Alan Vaarwerk.


Entry to the KYD School Writing Prize is open exclusively to KYD School Members and their students. There is no additional entry fee. To find out more about KYD School Memberships, click here.

Please read the full 2020 KYD School Writing Prize Submission Guidelines and Terms & Conditions here.


Not sure how to write for a literary magazine? Download our information resources full of guidelines and useful tips on tone, style and structuring your argument.

Fiction – Non-fiction – Pre-submission Checklist

Winners of the inaugural 2019 School Writing Prize were  Bryce Groves (non-fiction) and Faye Velasquez (fiction). The judges were KYD publishing director Rebecca Starford and award-winning author and poet Maxine Beneba Clarke.

Read Bryce’s winning essay, ‘Normal’, and Faye’s winning short story, ‘Ovals, Ovals’.

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