Young Tasmanian Writers’

Prize 2020

A short fiction competition open to all Tasmanians enrolled in Years 7-12.
Run in partnership with the Tasmanian Association for the Teaching of English (TATE)

Closing Date: Thursday, July 30, 2020

Fee: $8 per story


Winner of each section: $300 and publication in Forty South magazine

Two runners-up per section receive a $30 Fullers bookshop gift voucher each. 

The Peter Sharp Memorial Award is awarded in the Junior Section. The prize money of $100 is generously donated by Penny Lane.

Winners’ schools each receive a year’s subscription to
Forty South magazine

Before you enter, please read our Terms and Conditions. Click on the link below. 


Junior Section Year 7–9 students


One of the following – ‘Connection’ OR ‘Country’.
Entrants are encouraged to interpret the themes freely and imaginatively.

LENGTH: 700–1000 words

Senior Section Year 10–12 students


One of the following – ‘Isolation’ OR ‘Island’.
Entrants are encouraged to interpret the themes freely and imaginatively.

LENGTH: 800–1500 words

How do I enter?


To enter the competition, click on the ‘SHOP WRITING COMPETITIONS’ icon above.
Once paid, you will receive a unique payment order number via email,  which you can use to complete the following electronic form.


Payment can also be made by cheque/money order made out to Forty South Publishing Pty Ltd and posted to PO Box 168, Lindisfarne, TAS 7015.

Note: If multiple competition entries are purchased in the same transaction, one order number will apply to all entries.

For inquiries regarding electronic submission, email

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2020 Judges

Junior and Senior Sections: Chris Gallagher

Chris has a thirty-year career as an arts manager, curator and practitioner, most recently in the role of Director of the Tasmanian Writers Centre and the Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival  from 2008-2017. She is a trained English teacher and a producer for television documentary and drama. In 2014 she received an Asia Link Residency to work in New Delhi for the Jaipur Literature Festival. She was the Founding Director of the Australian Script Centre and has served on many national and intrastate arts boards.

The Peter Sharp Memorial Award: Penny Lane

After a teaching career in Hobart, Canberra and Sydney, during which she wrote two books about teaching, Penny turned to writing short stories and more recently poetry, and has won several awards for both stories and poems. She was a finalist in the 2017 Newcastle Poetry Prize, and most recently won first and third prizes in the free verse section of the 2019-20 Sutherland Shire Literary Competition. She has published a Kindle e-book, Winning Writing: What Works For Me, about her short story writing.