ScribbleInk Youth Literature Awards

The winners, runner-ups and staff at the 2016 Scribbleink Youth Literature Awards presentation.

The ScribbleInk youth literature awards are one of the high calibre literature awards in the St George area for youth in Years 7 to 12. The awards aim to celebrate the ideas and creative writing of local young people who live, work, study and play in the St George area.

The awards set to challenge young people to express their creativity through fictional writing. Young writers have the opportunity to share and tell their unique stories to the broader community.

ScribbleInk awards are a platform that provides young creatives with career opportunities and cash prizes to support their artistic developments. Young people in years 7 to 12 are encouraged to submit short stories, poems, and scripts expressing their ideas and view on contemporary society and culture. The awards launch every year in April.

Junior Category: Year 7-9
Senior Category: Year 10-12

Who |
Student live, study or play in Georges River local government areas
What to write | Prose, short story, script
Short and sweet | no more than 1000 words
Submission | Submission opens on 31 March 2017.

For more information, contact

Georges River Libraries Youth Liaison Officer
Phone:9330 6111


The 2016 ScribbleInk Winners ANNOUNCED!

Junior Category

Me, a star by Olivia Bourke (Year 8)
Comments from the judges: Congratulations on first place! We really liked the way the story slowly developed and anthropomorphised the character of the star, giving away more and more information about who they are as it went. Well done.
docx icon Me, a star (15.19kB)

The nightman
by Jack Carney (Year 9)
Comments from the judges: A late night encounter with some young delinquents leads the Nightman to act. But is the time of the hero over?
docx icon The nightman (17.65kB)

Afterliving by Isabel Duong Balada (Year 9)
Comments from the judges: This piece is highly commendable for its use of humour, dialogue and the way it sustained voice throughout the piece. We particularly liked the way the writer used the perspective of the ghost to make light satirical commentary. The piece could be strengthened by stronger narrative development.
docx icon Afterliving (17.46kB)

Jobless by Xin Di Lim (Year 9)
Comments from the judges: A comic first-person narrative about a  well-drawn, lively character. Good use of humour, pacing and language with a snappy conclusion.
docx icon Jobless (16.47kB)

To see the butterflies by Cindy Mititelu (Year 9)
Comments from the judges: A dark atmospheric story of loss, grief and guilt. Powerful.
docx icon To see the butterflies (17.07kB)

Senior Category

Mine by Yelena Cao (Year 11)
Comments from the judges: What a beautiful piece of writing. The planning and vision the writer has put into this piece really shows. We like that the writer chose to take a different approach to narrative through the use of the letter device. Very emotive and balanced work, well done.
docx icon Mine (30.40kB)

The red spring by Elizabeth Bourke (Year 10)
Comments from the judges: This piece was strong for its use of lyrical language and the way it conjured a world which was both familiar and eerily post-apocalyptic and strange. This writer also captured the voice of the character with small details in her descriptions of the garden and peaches, and she shows much promise for future writing endeavours.
docx icon The Red Spring (18.14kB)

Infelicity by Wisley Chau (Year 11)
Comments from the judges: A chance encounter at the end of a boring day puts life and significance into perspective.
docx icon Infelicity (14.46kB)

Another time another place by Daniel Hu (Year 11)
Comments from the judges: This piece is highly commendable for its clear prose style and tone. It was a subtle story that managed to capture a complex inner conflict of everyday inter-racial negotiations and living between different cultural realities.
docx icon Another time another place (15.85kB)

Byssin and the Tyrant of Venkatesh by Alexander MacRitchie (Year 10)
Comments from the judges: It was great to see the writer takes a very different and individual style and approach. Technically the work is very good and the only thing we would consider are tightening up the flow of some of the stanzas as they were of slightly different lengths which prevented it from flowing seamlessly. A fantastic piece of writing and very highly commended!
docx icon Byssin and the Tyrant of Venkatesh (16.51kB)

Cookie cutter by David Wu (Year 11)
Comments from the judges: Despite (or maybe because of) some grammar mistakes, this is a wonderful spoof of apps and reward systems. The “explanations” do little to explain.
docx icon Cookie Cutter (15.24kB)

Strangers by Susan Xia (Year 11)
Comments from the judges: An engaging well structured story, with a good sense of dramatic urgency, mature use of changing POV and humour.
docx icon Strangers (17.36kB)


The 2016 ScribbleInk Judges

Kavita Bedford is an award-winning Australian-Indian writer with a background working in journalism, anthropology and creative writing. She is the current recipient of the Walkley Foundation for Journalism Women in Media Mentorship and a Westwords Writers’ Fellow. She is currently the editor of The Point Magazine.


Kate Campion has been a children’s and youth librarian for over 30 years. In that time she has overseen many writing and illustrating workshops as well as holding many story and poetry competitions. She was previously a judge in the Nestles Write around Australia.


PP Cranney is an AWGIE award-winning playwright with over 30 years’ experience working with theatre companies and communities all over Australia. He currently lives in the Sutherland Shire.

Daniel Potter is the Executive Director / CEO of Shopfront Arts Co. Op. in Sydney. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Arts and Entertainment Management with Distinction (Deakin University), with a strong belief that art has the ability to transform. Daniel is passionate about the arts and the empowerment that it provides to adults and young people alike.