- Awards and events, HSC
- Learning Area
- Creative arts, English
- Stage 6 (Years 11 and 12)
The extraordinary talents of 36 young writers, including 18 primary school students and 18 HSC students, have been jointly recognised for the first time at a ground-breaking awards ceremony at the NSW State Library.
The 2022 Student Literary Awards were a combination of the WriteOn Awards, an annual writing competition for primary school students, and the Young Writers Showcase, an anthology featuring exemplary compositions by HSC English Extension 2 students.
Chief Executive Officer of the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Paul Martin said the ceremony was a celebration of the creativity, imagination and critical thinking of students, as well as the teachers who guide them.
“Seeing students of all ages being celebrated for their literary prowess was truly inspiring. There was a lot of talent in that room,” Mr Martin said.
“Congratulations to all the talented young writers who were recognised. You have written some truly impressive pieces and it’s clear you all have a bright future ahead of you.”
For primary school students, the WriteOn awards recognise their ability to write clearly, challenge ideas, reflect on their learnings and helps to foster their talents.
For HSC students, being selected for the Young Writers Showcase is often only the beginning, with many going on to impressive careers using their skills, whether that be as screenplay writers, radio presenters, authors or journalists.
NSW State Librarian Dr John Vallance said that he hoped the work of this year’s writers was only a beginning for them.
“With such talent across such a wide range of literary genres, the future of writing in Australia is in good hands”, Dr Vallance said.
More information about the Student Literary Awards is available.
Purchase a copy of the anthologies from the NESA Shop.
Congratulations to the following award winners:
WriteOn 2022 Gold Award winners
Cedars Christian College, Farmborough Heights
Bourke-Walgett School of Distance Education
Meriden Junior School, Strathfield
Young Writers Showcase 2021
North Sydney Boys High School
Hornsby Girls High School
Coffs Harbour Senior College
James Ruse Agricultural High School
Riverside Girls High
Conservatorium High School
Great Lakes Senior Campus
Tempe High School
Engadine High School
St Luke's Grammar School
Killara High School
International Grammar School
Wenona North Sydney
Trinity Grammar School
St George Girls High School