Hugo Throssell Writing Award for Youth
The KSP Foundation is proud to present this annual writing competition to honour Hugo Throssell VC. It is open to all students who live, or go to school, in the Shire of Mundaring. Hugo was the husband of writer Katharine Susannah Prichard. He served in the 10th Light Horse in World War I and was awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery at Gallipoli. Hugo was the only Light Horseman to be awarded this medal.
The Shire of Mundaring includes the townships, villages and rural localities of Bailup, Beechina, Bellevue (part), Boya, Chidlow, Darlington, Glen Forrest, Gorrie, Greenmount, Helena Valley, Hovea, Mahogany Creek, Malmalling, Midvale (part), Mount Helena, Mundaring, Parkerville, Sawyers Valley, Stoneville, Swan View (part), The Lakes and Wooroloo.
Winners will be invited to an award ceremony at the KSP Writers' Centre in December, where they will have the opportunity to read an excerpt of their work aloud.
You will need a Submittable account to enter this competition. Don't worry! It is free and easy to set up.
How to Enter
2.00pm AWST Thursday 23 September 2021
Junior (youth 9 to 12 years)
Senior (youth 13 to 17 years)
Every year, on the 11 November, we commemorate the men and women who served Australia and were casualties of war. This competition asks young writers to choose ONE of the photo prompts below, for inspiration, and write either an essay or creative short story on the theme of war and remembrance.
Junior: Max 500
Senior: Max 700
How to Submit
Log into or set up a Submittable account
Click below on the 'Submit' button, and select the relevant KSP competition you wish to enter
Complete Submittable entry form, upload your entry, and submit before the deadline.
Can I change my entry after submitting?
You can request to edit your submission up to one week prior to the deadline; just send KSP a message via your Submittable account.
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Entry Formatting Rules
Entry (excluding the title or sub-titles) should not exceed the word count limit
Entry should include a title on first page
Entry should be double-spaced
Entry should use Times New Roman font, size 12
Entry should be saved as a DOC or DOCX file document
Entry should be saved as the title of the story
To ensure anonymity NO WRITERS’ NAMES SHOULD APPEAR ON ENTRY DOCUMENT.
Conditions of Entry
This competition is open to West Australian residents in the Shire of Mundaring who are between the ages of 12-17 years
Entries are to be prepared as per the Entry Formatting Rules; entries that do not comply with the Rules will be disqualified
Entries are to be original, unpublished (anything that has appeared in the public arena, including self-publishing and social media, is considered published) either in print or online, not have received an award in another competition, and not under consideration elsewhere from the time of entry in these awards until the official announcement of winners
Limit of ONE entry per author
Late entries will not be considered
KSP staff, Competitions Secretary and KSP Board of Management are not eligible to enter
Award placements are issued only by discretion of the judge in the event of a worthy winning entry
The judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into
The KSP Foundation Inc. reserves the right to publish the winning entry or entries online or in a publication related to KSP should the opportunity occur, in consultation with the author
Copyright of work and ownership of material remains with the author, and the author accepts all liability for the contents.
*subject to discretion of judge*
Junior Award: $50 and certificate
Senior Award: $100 and certificate
Highly commended/commended: Book prize and certificate
Winners invited to read an extract of their entry at KSP’s End of Year Awards Ceremony
Competition Judge and Sponsor: Valerie Everett
Valerie is a secondary school teacher and researcher/writer. Her first book The House that Was Built in a Day: Anzac Cottage (UWA Publishing, 2007) was awarded a Notable Book by the Children’s Book Council of Australia in 2008. Valerie was the convenor of KSP’s Anzac Centenary social history book, Blackboy Hill is Calling (Wild Weeds Press, 2015). Valerie has twice won the City of Vincent’s Local History Awards and has served on the KSP Foundation board of management since 2013.