Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards

The Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards Written Word category is currently open for entries.

The Award is open to writers aged between 18 and 30.

The winner receives $5000 worth of air travel, $5000 cash and a 12-month mentorship with  Lisa Dempster, the Director of the Melbourne Writers’ Festival.

Entries close at 2 p.m. AEST on Tuesday 7 May and the competition is open to writers in all styles.

Last year’s winner was poet Andrew Bifield, who was mentored by Marcus Zusak. Andrew recently wrote about his experience winning SOYA Written Word on the SOYA blog.

For more details about SOYA and the competition, please visit