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‘Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.’ – Groucho Marx

Opportunities for Teens! Closing Soon!

Calling creative writers and creative thinkers and just generally teens who want a voice!

There are several terrific opportunities for teens that are open at the moment – but they are closing soon! So get busy!

M Pavilion’s Young Peoples Planning Committee

For the first year ever, M Pavilion is calling out to young people aged 15–25 to be part of the exciting MPavilion 2019 season of free events—which will open in the Queen Victoria Gardens in the heart of Melbourne from 12 November 2019 until 22 March 2020.

MPavilion is a civic space and cultural laboratory for the whole community. Your idea might be a workshop for a particular skill, or a discussion of a social issue you’re passionate about. It might be a public talk or a panel conversation. It could be a music, poetry or dance performance, an open book club or a creative writing gathering. Perhaps it’s science and technology that gets you out of bed each day? Think outside the box! Applications close Friday June 7

Readings Teen Advisory Board

The Readings Teen Advisory Board is a volunteer group of teenagers that meets at the Readings head office once a month to chat about recent and forthcoming young adult books, write blog posts and short reviews, learn about careers in the book industry, and provide feedback to Readings staff members on a range of subjects. Applications close June 21

The Kill Your Darlings inaugural School Writing Prize 

Kill Your Darlings  inaugural KYD School Writing Prize is designed to develop, mentor, edit and publish the work of two writers from Australian secondary schools. They are seeking entries of up to 1500 words in the categories of fiction and non-fiction, with students responding to a current social or political issue. The two winners will receive a $500 cash prize, editorial support and publication in KYD.

Entries close June 28

The 2019 John Marsden & Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers

Open exclusively to Australian secondary school students, the John Marsden & Hachette Australia Prize recognises excellence in three creative writing categories: fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

Fifteen shortlisted writers receive feedback on their work, are invited to meet John Marsden, and participate in an exclusive creative writing workshop and special event at the 2019 Melbourne Writers Festival. Prize winners will also receive a $500 cash prize and a book pack courtesy of Hachette Australia. 

The Prize is named after and supported by international best-selling author John Marsden, sponsored by Hachette Australia and administered by Express MediaThe prize is judged by John Marsden, alongside representatives from Hachette Australia and Express Media.

Submissions for close AEST 11.59pm Sunday 30 June.