Redgum launches Young Writers’ Award for children
Redgum Book Club has launched a Young Writers’ Award for children aged nine to 13, with the winning books to be published and distributed to bookstores and libraries.
The award includes two categories: a short story award for a work of fiction of up to 1000 words; and a children’s picture book award for a self-contained fiction or nonfiction story of up to 250 words. An overall winner and two highly commended entries will be chosen in each category.
The winning books will be distributed nationally through Redgum. Founder Sharon Evans told Books+Publishing they will work with the winning authors to ensure the books are professionally finished and presented but keep ‘the essence’ of the original story. ‘It also means the individuals will have some hands on experience as to what it means to be published—what really happens,’ said Evans.
‘It ties into our push to promote Australian themes in children’s books,’ said Evans. ‘Plus we’d just love for kids to think about writing as a fun thing that you can be rewarded for.’
For more information on the Young Writers’ Award, visit the website here.