Gold Coast teen wins statewide writing award

Gold Coast teenager Anne Chen has taken away one of the state’s top literary prizes – the State Library of Queensland Young Writers Award.

Ms Chen’s short story, Oblivion, won the 15-17 year old category. Her story describes an almost-ordinary afternoon in a young woman’s life that suddenly, and unexpectedly comes to a tragic end.

The judges described it as “vivid and beautifully written”.


The State Library of Queensland Young Writers Awards have been running for over 20 years and are seen as a launch pad for budding young authors – kick-starting the careers of a number of prominent Queensland authors including Christopher Currie (The Ottoman Motel), Alasdair Duncan (Sushi Central), Chris Somerville (We are Not The Same Anymore), Benjamin Law (The Family Law) and Tara June Winch (Swallow the Air).

Read her story on the State Library of Queensland website.