KYD School Writing Prize

The KYD School Writing Prize gives a voice to young people writing about the issues ​that concern them. We’re seeking entries of approx. 1500 words in either fiction and non-fiction, with students responding to a current social or political issue. The winner will receive a $500 cash prize, editorial support and publication in KYD.

The 2020 School Writing Prize will be judged by award-winning author Alice Pung and KYD editor Alan Vaarwerk. Please note this year’s prize was delayed due to the disruption to schools caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. The opening dates are now as follows:

Entries open: 13 July
Entries close: 4 September

A link to the Submittable portal where we receive entries will be posted from 13 July.

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.

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’.



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

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