Boroondara Literary Awards

Hear from one of our judges

The Boroondara Literary Awards competition is now underway. With the Literary Festival upon us and submissions for the Open Short Story Competition and Young Writers’ Competition still open until Friday 30 August 2019, we thought it was timely to introduce you to one of our esteemed judges.

A Literary Awards Judge for the second year running, Lili Wilkinson, is the acclaimed author of 12 books, including Green Valentine and Pink. She is the creator of, the Inky Awards and the Inkys Creative Reading Prize at the State Library of Victoria.

Armed with a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne, Lili now spends most of her time reading and writing books for teenagers and young people.

After judging the Young Writers prose category last year, Lili said she was impressed with the level of thought and awareness young people have about the world around them.

“Last year’s entries proved to me that young people are doing a lot of thinking … about the environment, how to make our planet healthy, about poverty and homelessness. They think about body image, gender identity and sexuality,” said Lili.

“Most importantly, young people think about empathy, listening, being heard, the importance of kindness and equality, and about hope.

It was an honour to read such brave and beautiful storytelling from young writers - by sharing their writing they make us better people.

Lili is one of 3 authors that will make up the Boroondara Literary Awards judging panel for this year. One lucky winner will also receive the Keith Carroll Award, given to the best entry from a Boroondara resident.

Now in its 21st year of partnership with the Rotary Club of Balwyn, the Boroondara Literary Awards offer an extraordinary opportunity for young people to express themselves.

For more information or to submit an entry, see Boroondara Literary Awards.